Half Term

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I saw something on Facebook the other day which brought home to me the difference in attitude between mothers with full time, out-in-the-world jobs and mothers who (mostly) look after their children.

One status update read –

“I’m really fed up that half term is over”

Another read –

“Thank god half term is finally over”

I expect you can guess which comment came from whom.

I have every sympathy with the second, as after nine days of overpriced day trips, enduring friends round to play and mediating a million ear-splitting arguments over nothing, I was happy to get up early and see them off to school.

But soon I will be one of those parents who doesn’t see enough of their children, and I’ll probably have more sympathy with the first comment.

I voiced some of my concerns to the children the other day, along the lines of –

“I hope we’re doing the right thing, I’m worried about all the organising, the changes, whether or not we’ll be happy…”

Hannah replied –

“It’s not something to worry about Mummy, it’s something to be excited about.”

There speaks the unbridled optimism of my little “sossidge.

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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2 Responses to Half Term

  1. Potty Mummy says:

    And in some of the schools in our area, half term lasted TWO WEEKS! Needless to say, these were fee-paying schools. The more you pay, the more holidays they get. Go figure.

    (I was firmly in the ‘thank god half term is over’ camp, btw)

  2. Beta Mum says:

    PM – I think the theory is they work so much harder in private school they need the breaks to be longer. Hard if you’re working though.

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