As anyone who's done it knows, being a parent is hard work! It's so easy to start the year with the best intentions, only to reach the end of term feeling totally exhausted! On top of all the usual parenting duties like feeding little ones and keeping them safe and warm, there's a myriad of other things to do throughout the school year – homework help, play dates, social events, parent teacher conferences – the list goes on and on. Not to mention all the fretting over how they're doing at school, who their friends are, getting them there on time and handing over endless amounts of money for field trips, projects, book fairs and more. No wonder that when the end of term comes around, most parents are desperate for a break!
The good news is that you've finally made it to the end of term – congratulations! And here's something else to cheer you up – we've listed some hilarious truths about what it's like being a parent at the start of the year (hopeful, eager, well-rested) compared to at the end of term (generally quite exhausted). Can you relate?
Waking up at the beginning of the year:
'I've woken up before the alarm AND I don't feel tired!'
Waking up at the end of the year:
'Just. One. More. Snooze.'
Getting kids ready for school at the beginning of the year:
'Perfect, you look wonderful!'
Getting kids ready for school at the end of the year:
'It's only got one stain on it, so it's ok to wear out of the house'
Making breakfast at the beginning of the year:
'Fresh fruit for everyone!'
Making breakfast at the end of the year:
'You have to leave in two minutes? Ok, no problem - I'll just whip up some scrambled eggs. Oh...'
Dropping kids off at the beginning of the year:
'Bye sweetheart, have a great day!' *Spends one hour chatting at the school gates*
Dropping kids off at the end of the year:
'Get out!! I have to leave before someone sees me'
Planning the kid's events at the beginning of the year:
'Oh, they've already mailed out information about the Christmas concert. Great! I'll put that in the diary now.'
Planning the kid's events at the end of the year:
'What? There's an end of term party? Did they tell us about that? When is it? TODAY??'
Finding ripped clothing at the beginning of the year:
'I'll just sew this right back up – in the meantime, here are five more back-up trousers for the uniform.'
Finding ripped clothing at the end of the year:
'No one wil notice anyway!'
Making cakes for the school bake sale at the beginning of the year:
'I'll just spend five hours icing these cupcakes'
Making cakes for the school bake sale at the end of the year:
What do you do differently at the end of term compared to the beginning? Let us know on social media using #goodliving.