The First Term is the Hardest {The Ordinary Moments}

Welcome back to another week of the Ordinary Moments. If you haven’t joined in before this is a weekly linky that launches every Sunday morning and is open until midnight on the following Saturday. It’s a linky that celebrates any ordinary moments in your life – or the not so ordinary some weeks too. Basically – anything goes. I’ll be sharing and commenting on the posts that are linked up during the week and there’s a badge at the bottom of the post if you’d like to add it to yours too.

The First Term is the Hardest {The Ordinary Moments}

How long has this term been? I don’t know whether it’s because this year both Little Man and LP are at school or whether I just can’t remember last year, but this term is definitely the hardest. And I think every year this term is just so hard.

In the morning I have to wake the children up in their dark rooms and with darkness still outside the windows. They spend the morning ratty and tired whilst we have breakfast and get our things together for the day.

After school I pick them up and they are rattier and even more tired. They walk back to the car with slow feet under a sky that is already turning darker. The day always feels over before it’s begun.

When home we get changed – which is a constant battle – and when we’re back downstairs the children are emotional and tetchy. They don’t want to do homework. They don’t even want to play. Really they just want to go to bed and so dragging out those couple of hours until dinner, bath and bed is hard work.

We try to fill it with activities. The children help me to cook dinner or we bake a treat. We might do crafts together or write Christmas cards but, more often than not, we climb on the sofa together and watch TV or a Christmas movie.

At the moment the days are so short but so incredibly long. We are counting down to the school holidays and looking forward to a lay in, lazy days and festiveness. Time to sleep, time to relax and time to just be without school, work and routines.

This term is so, so long and definitely the hardest one of the year.

The First Term is the Hardest {The Ordinary Moments}
The Ordinary Moments

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I so agree with you on this, I find the first half hard because I am not ready for the summer to be over and then the last bit is just so overwhelming for everyone with school activities that home time is definitely chill out time. Now we are broke up it all seems s o much calmer and I love it! #OrdinaryMoments p/s I’m so sorry I’m late the past few weeks, must do better in 2018!

  2. Yes this is a looonnngggg and hard term! The kids break up tomorrow and are pretty much what you describe! The last week or so we have totally just spent it watching Tv/Movies! Roll on Christmas and a break!
    Have a good one Donna xx

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