learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
Eek! Somewhere in the dim dark recesses of my mind I must have known that school holidays were just around the corner. All the signs were there: no homework for the past couple of weeks, watching movies in class, notes about FINAL tuckshop for the term.
But I blame Afterschool Care. They didn’t send out their Vacation Care program, so in my head, therefore, holidays weren’t happening. Not yet. I mean, I know I’m not organised, but that Afterschool Care, now they MUST be organised, right?
Apparently not. Stupid bloody people. Turns out holidays are next week. I managed to cobble together a bit of hodge podge plan: some days with Grandma, some days with Grandpa, and a few days that my husband and I will take off work. Not to mention a few Vacation Care days (the program was released today GRRR). This is pretty much the same half-arsed plan we come up with every school holidays, unless we have an actual Go Somewhere Holiday planned (which isn’t often). It’s kind of a new thing for us to work out some days where my husband and I take off the SAME day so that we can do something As A Family. We’re kind of slow learners.
Around this time each term, whenever I get together with other school mums (again, not often) they are always talking about taking time off work for holidays. Now, I’m no mathematician, but I don’t know how they do it. I work full-time and so I accrue something like 20 days of recreation leave a year. Take away at least 5 – 7 days throughout the year for odd occasions like School Assemblies, Excursions, Music Concerts, or, ahem! going shopping without kids, and that leaves say 15 days of leave to cover a gazillion days of school holidays.
Over Christmas holidays, I stretch the friendship with work by bringing the girls in to work with me (one at a time, when the other is off with a friend) and so does Justin. So there’s an extra 4 days of holidays taken care of.
My work, at a university, is very family friendly, and offers a Reduced Working Year Scheme, where you can take extra leave in your year, and just take a reduced rate of pay. Essentially the same as Leave Without Pay, but stretched out over the year so that you can keep to a budget or whatever. It’s a pretty good scheme, and I took advantage of it a teensy bit last year, and I think that I might take it up a bit more this year. Spending a bit more time with the girls in a CHUNK over holidays sounds pretty appealing.
Until they start yelling at each other, I guess. Then I’d rather be at work where I can surf the web in peace.
If you’re a working mum, can I ask you your secrets? How on earth do you cover school holidays? And does anyone else totally choose to skip Music Concerts? (Have you ever heard really bad violin? I. Just.Can’t)
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