Half-term: Which type of mum are you?
School holidays can bring about a complete range of emotions; from excitement and joy, to dread and guilt. Whether you work full or part-time, run your own business, or are a stay at home mum, there’s one thing for sure - we are all just muddling through, doing the best job we can!
With this in mind, Rachel Brady has imagined 3 half-term mums – all of which have qualities we can aspire to. Which one (if any) are you most like?
1. Plan-ahead Paula
It’s Monday morning and Paula couldn’t be happier. Why? Because it’s the first day of half-term! YAY! Paula is the world’s most organised mum. She’s pre-made her kids courgette and banana muffins (found them on Pinterest) and they tuck in with gusto as she adds final tweaks to her colour coded family planner, reviewing the week ahead with pride. Planned a month ago using the DOWTK website, their week is jam-packed with activities, alternating outdoor trips with learning-based fun. If the weather doesn’t go according to forecast then she has a contingency plan up her sleeve for each day and waterproofs in the back of the car (“there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes” is her motto). She reflects that maybe she’s too organised, envying the more ‘roll with it’ mums, like her old school friend Wendy, but she tried that once and it ended up in the mother of all meltdowns (hers, not the kids!). As they arrive at the museum, she posts a quick snap on Instagram and then notices a DOWTK post underneath about outdoor activities for half-term. She tags her neighbour, Jules, who was asking for tips on how to survive the week… Paula’s advice? Wine. And DOWTK.
2. Juggling-it Jules
Meanwhile, at Jules’ house, it’s late morning and the kids are in half-term heaven, gorging on Netflix cartoons whilst she finishes up on a conference call with her web designer. Multitasking is Jules’ superpower. (It’s going quite well, the twins only interrupt once with “MUUUUM, she keeps staring at me, tell her to stop it!” but she manages to quickly mute the call and sort out the bickering whilst simultaneously half-listening to new traffic generating ideas). A lovely day is had at a local National Trust property (thank goodness Paula tagged her in that article on the DOWTK Insta feed). Nailed it! And she only took two calls whilst there which was better than she thought. Then Tuesday comes and so does the rain. A movie day is declared but by 11.04am she needs a new plan of attack, and fast. The kids are bickering incessantly and she still hasn’t managed to get them out the house! How is it only Tuesday?!?! she texts to her yoga friend, Wendy. Gran steps in to help and suggests a trip to the leisure centre for everyone. Thank God for gran.
3. Winging-it Wendy
Wendy has been super busy with work recently so has booked the whole week off to spend some quality time with the kids. Today, the laptop is staying at home and the out of office reply is most definitely on! With no plans prepared (Wendy is the queen of spontaneity), after a happily hectic morning she piles everyone in the car. She gets the DOWTK website (her secret weapon) on her iPhone. There are grey clouds in the otherwise blue sky, so she plumps for a play centre nearby with indoor and outdoor areas. Sorted. She’s a big kid at heart and loves nothing more than getting in the ball pit and riding that huge yellow slide. The kids munch on marmalade and peanut butter sandwiches (this morning’s invention) happily in the back en route. She notices that her 4-year-old is still wearing her PJ top. Oh well, it will probably catch on! Sometimes she thinks she should be more like her old mate Paula, all planning and preparation, but she tried that once and everyone was bored, mostly her.