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August 2017

Rebecca Reid, author and mum-of-four gets summer savvy…

This is it. The time has arrived – ALREADY – when all the schools have closed their doors. We’ve waved goodbye to what is really, let’s be honest, free childcare and we have embarked on the eight-week journey into the urban jungle that is summer.

Now I know as well as all of you that this means two things, the first and foremost being survival and a very close second, preparation. Yes ladies and gents, if we are to survive the incoming weeks of summer, we need to be prepared. And I am not alone in this thought. How do I know this? Well I have known it from the moment my friends started asking me about summer schemes, before Easter! Yes, BEFORE Easter. It was then confirmed when all you other summer savvy mummies were beating me to the post at scheme sign-ins. The 7am rise just to get those names on a list.

Then there are the others who have phoned in early to get on the pre-list and even better, there are women who simply own a spot. How amazing is that. Me, I’m not as good as all that but yes, I’m out there, shivering with the rest of you in the early morning queue to be sure my ladies get into their favourite schemes because, please no, they couldn’t possibly attend one of the more boring ones. Nope, Mummy gets the constant reminders of the ones they just must get into and then the more sullen reminders of the ones that aren’t so good. And this year, more than ever, I wanted my girls happy and at peace, while I was wallowing in mine with our little bubba boy.

Aren’t they just a godsend? Those few hours in the day when your children get a break from you. When someone else paints and runs and chases and feeds your kids. And even better when they stroll in home, that little bit tired and you’re that little bit recharged. But that is only half of the summer covered. Now you’ve got the other half.

This I love! I love the lazy morning lie-ins, although mine may be few and far between this year with my new early riser. But the day is ours. We can go where we want, when we want. We can eat late, pack a picnic and hit the road. Endless days of walking, snacking in the forests, climbing the trees and splashing in the sea. We can fall in through the door late, have toast for tea and curl up to a movie. The summer holds so much freedom to simply enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Reading stories on the sofa. Playing games until dinner time. Taking off to costal towns for ice cream. I intend to make the most of every moment, the up and the downtime. To take the tantrums in my stride and absorb every giggle. What do you intend to do with yours?

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