I always get excited at the end of the school term, because I know it is nearly time to read the kids report cards.
I’m always nervous to ask the teachers too much how the girls are going; I know they are very busy people and I don’t want to nag them, so I love the written academic report at the end of the year.
Well today marks the end of the holidays and my girls are off to year four and year one.
And I think it’s about time to give myself a report card.
If the kids get one during the term based on their achievements, it’s only fair I get one once they are back at school.
Activities: A. We did a lot more than usual this school holidays. I’m usually a ‘less is more’ kind of person, but not this time. We did heaps!
I’m not sure this was the best idea really. Having less time at home meant we were often behind on housework and we also missed out on a lot of the simple joys of craft activities, or just playing in the yard.
Also I noticed my kids began to feel entitled. No matter hat we did, someone always complained and wanted more. It’s highlighted the need to focus on contentment a lot more.
Learning opportunities: C
I didn’t do much at all to keep the education momentum going, a fact which may bite my bottom with Bridie in the next few weeks. Mostly I tried to ‘teach’ informally when I thought of it, which wasn’t often.
I do get points though for beginning to talk with Taylah about ‘the change’ and for buying a fun maths book that Bridie has loved.
I didn’t use the time wisely enough. Although there were times when I did spend one on one with all of them, I also took full advantage of the fact that there were four of them to play together and keep each other company whilst I did my thing.
Heart Training: B-
I love the holidays for the chance to focus on problem behaviours, but this time we have spent the whole time on one thing: keeping the peace. All four children have been exercising great delight in tormenting one another, and dobbing at the first available opportunity. Obviously, this has left me completely exhausted at the end if most days (and sometimes by 8 in the morning.)
Our focus for the holidays has been ‘blessed are peacemakers; they shall be called the children of God.’ I’ve said it so many times, they can all repeat me, but we are still working on the truth getting through.
We have not been organized at all. This has led to tired kids, and more money spent as we have to buy lunch out somewhere cause I ran out of time to make it.
I’m looking forward to the school routine to get things running smoother again.
Overall, it has been a busy, and exciting school holidays, but not a productive one. I think I have squandered many opportunities, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I am writing this down to learn for next time, I think I would be quite miserable about it.
Rather than wallow in self pity and my obvious lack of awesome parenting, I’m embracing the return of normality, and the opportunity to just work with two for the majority of the day, instead of stretched over so thinly with four.
If your gave yourself a report card would it be sticker worthy? Or must you see the principal?