School’s out for summer…

Whether you’re a working mum with a sudden childcare blackhole between 8.30am and 3.30pm, a stay-at-home mum with a sudden increase in household decibels, or one of the many in-betweeners, the summer holidays bring more than their fair share of challenges.

So how are you going to face the next six weeks? 

Home Office Mum asks, “How can you tell it’s the end of the school year and the start of summer holidays?

“By the number of wine bottles in the recycling tub.”

With children seemingly possessed by “satan’s small pygmie brothers,” and an immediately-regrettable month-long DS ban, how exactly will she handle the six long weeks?

For More Than Just A Mother, Emily Carlisle, the summer is going to be filled with insanity. Insanity with a capital I. She and her husband have embarked on an eight-week ‘Insanity’ fitness DVD regime that will see them throwing shapes six-days-a-week with a 40-minutes-a-go high intensity cardio programme that runs for 60 days. Yes, 60 days.

Of course, the challenges aren’t just home-grown. Some of you are hauling yourselves and your broods across several country borders. Michelle Goodall, @greenwellys, is embarking on a cross-Europe mega-journey with her four and seven-year-old and wants to make sure the iPhone and Nintendo DS are fully-loaded with the most entertaining apps and games.

She’s already received some great suggestions, do you have any more to offer?

But as you spend the next week entertaining young imaginations by day and guzzling wine by night, spare a thought for Tasha from who is spending the week without, whisper it, wi-fi. Heavenly break, or Hellish ordeal?

Tell us your tips for maintaining sanity for the next six weeks or share the links to your posts about coping with the break below. 

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About Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon is a writer, editor and community consultant and helped launched the community for Adoption UK, which won charity website of the year just 9 months later. She also writes a music blog.


  1. 26 July 2011 / 08:46

    I am featurig a weekly post about ideas for activities on my blog and have jus written a run down of our first week off!

  2. 27 July 2011 / 09:55

    These are such great posts, thanks. Claire, pea pesto sounds amazing!