Peace will reign supreme in my house if;
- Oscar, my eldest is allowed to stay in his room all day, with full Internet access and a regular supply of tea!
- I am on hand 24/7 to play with my five year old daughter.
- I have a bottomless purse with which to pay for countless trips to the cinema, museums, bowling etc... not to mention a limitless fuel tank for driving around Manche.
Unfortunately, for my children, we do not live in such utopia, I work from home and am not fortunate enough to be able to take two months off, I am neither wealthy enough to be able to fund limitless trips (if I was you would find me well ensconced at a very nice Thalasso therapy hotel not too far from here!!) nor inclined to let my eldest vegetate in his pit. My little girl needs to know that she has a working mum and that I can't be on hand all the time to play.
That said, I will need to compromise on my work/family time to enable my kids to have some fun during the holidays. When I was their age a bike and a picnic were all I needed, I spent all day out with friends (no mobile phones or computer games in those days!) we played in the woods and fields and if it rained watched old black & white movies on the TV and there were just four channels in those days (and yes I do remember when there were only three!).
Luckily for us we are close to the beach, so weather permitting, we will be rock pooling and swimming in the sea. I am sure I will find the Internet a source of invaluable information on how to keep them all entertained. Failing that I will lock myself in my room with enough rations to last two months and wait out the siege!!! In reality I will have to implement various methods to keep my sanity intact and their boredom in check. Watch this space to read what draconian measures (in their eyes!) I have taken to ensure peace in our time!