Kids – the reason for so many ups and downs in a parent’s life. When they’re bouncing off the walls you wish they were asleep, but when they’re not around you miss the noise…sometimes, anyway.
A typical day for a mum or day revolves around children; whether that is enduring the school run, attempting to get the kids washed, clothed, fed and watered in the morning, helping with homework or taking them out for the day. Days are long but incredibly rewarding – we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Parents will commonly get up before the little ones, not only to prepare breakfast but to prepare for the day ahead. That all important first cup of coffee gives just enough of a caffeine high as the kids wake up.
Get them washed, ensure they clean their teeth, dressed and sit them down for breakfast, the most important meal of the day. There should be no skipping this (although we parents often miss out as we are simply too busy preparing the kids for school).
Once eaten and their bags are packed, it’s off to school or nursery. You can almost guarantee that someone has forgotten something, so back inside, frantically search for the said missing item (it’s always in the last place that you look). Operation school run take two!
With the kids at school, all that is left is to tackle your day. This might involve a day at work or, for some, cleaning up after the kids at home in preparation for their return.
It doesn’t feel like five minutes since you dropped the littles ones off at school, but it’s already gone 3pm and you’re waiting outside the school gates.
“How was school?”
“What did you learn today?”
A typical conversation between child and parent, following a six-hour day of education. Sound familiar?
Once home, the television is immediately turned on to children’s programmes, and your thoughts turn to what to have for dinner this evening. It’s a school night and you forgot to pull something out of the freezer to defrost overnight, so nothing fancy.
“What would you like for tea?”
“I don’t know.”
“Do you fancy something with chicken?”
*10 minutes later*
“Can we have pasta?”
After eventually working out what everyone wants to eat, you settle down for tea and, like a ‘normal’ family, attempt to discuss how everyone’s days were. Once everyone confirms they have had “good” and “alright” days, and dinner has gone down a treat, all that remains of the day is the evening.
For some parents, the rush doesn’t end here with kids taking part in various clubs after school. Football, gymnastics and Brownies among many others, it’s all systems go as soon as dinner has been eaten. Get them changed out of their school clothes and into their kit and back out the door.
At around 8/9pm, it’s time for the kids to go to bed after an eventful day and no doubt it has been a stressful day for mum and dad running around after the little ones. It’s at this point you really wish someone had bought you that coffee maker that you dropped half a dozen hints for your birthday. You will have to make do with what is in the house (and perhaps a cheeky glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed).
At last, some adult time. As much as you love your kids you do look forward to your time to do with as you please. It’s at this point we can almost guarantee you have shelved your original plans in favour of heading to bed yourself before it all starts again in just a few hours!