Over the holidays I will continue to encourage my kids to read – because it’s enjoyable, but other than that a large glass of forgetting about school and an extra helping of fun will be on the menu in our home. This isn’t like me. I don’t mean that we don’t have fun, however school is never far from my thoughts. So what’s brought about this shift?
Well, I could say that research proves that family time is essential to a child’s grounding and the holidays are a vital time for families to reconnect after a busy term. For children, the affirmation they receive from their parents is an important part of learning about and accepting themselves for who they are. But, that’s not really the reason…
I could say that we’re forgetting school for the next two weeks because time spent having dinner together at the table where they learn to converse and form their opinions is infinitely more valuable in a child’s development, than completing a comprehension sheet on The Amazon Rainforest. But that’s not it either…
I could write a blog listing all of the fun, but oh so educational games that are out there that we may or may not sit down to enjoy over the festive period and write about how these activities will improve coordination, vocabulary, numeracy, literacy, imagination etc. But, even if games didn’t have all of these benefits, we’d still play them together.
I could talk about teaching the children to socialise and the value of staying in touch with family, because these people are all part of the intricacies of the people they are becoming. Yes yes yes. Very worthwhile, but not why I’ve suddenly become carefree about things (for a strict two week only period of time!).
So here’s why: It’s not that I don’t agree with the things listed above – I do. I really do. But, I have spent the last two weeks wanting nothing more than to be able to forget about work (which is school) for the holidays and spend the evenings with the boys, relaxing and recharging. If that’s what I – and probably most adults – want, then why shouldn’t I let the kids do this for no other reason than relaxing and having fun? This term seems to have gone on forever, and quite frankly, we’re all knackered. What we all need is rest, relaxation and fun.
Perhaps I’m giving the impression that our house is normally all rules, routine and regulations. It really isn’t, but I often plan activities based on what educational benefits they may have and I suppose what I’m trying to say is that whatever we do this Christmas – the people we see, the games we play and the films we watch – we’ll do it for the fun of it and for the sake of being together.