Wednesday, April 7, 2010

School Holiday Survival Strategy #1



A blindingly brilliant lightbulb moment from the afternoon-napping small. In the last couple of days, the older siblings have stopped bickering only to come up for occasional air.

It ain’t all a bed of roses.

Help.

24 comments:

thea said...

Oh my goodness! That sounds intense!! I'm now understanding why no mountain goat has come out of the woodworks... Good luck with all the kiddiwigs!!!

That said, I'm completely behind schedule for Spoonful due to a number of nightmare scenarios, so I'm cheekily commenting to try to entice you into still have a Go at a Goat... you know you want to :) A woman who made chickens like yourself is bound to be a goat-making wiz!

a cheeky, and sympathetic...
thea.
xx

(spoonfulzine)

Lola Nova said...

There is a very similar photo of myself 'round 4 or 5 with my dads big 70s headphones on with the same expression on my face!

Some days are topsy and others turvy.
I'm on the 6th washing of clothes from which the fish smell refuses to vacate and it seems that when you turn 5, you are no longer bound by any rules of man or laws of nature - including gravity...apparently it is perfectly reasonable to say, when confronted regarding a criminal act, "It's fine." with a wicked smile on your face and walk away. Whilst I find the phenomena fascinating, I am a bit ragged from the parental follow-through.

May we all have a bit of peace on the morrow.

zofia said...

That is good :D
Help indeed, I need some!
I have managed to separate mine by a sleepover at Nana's. ;)

june at noon said...

Brilliant, indeed. Best wishes for the survival of all!

Madeline said...

Oh, my. Hope it goes a bit better...soon!

Melanie said...

I *know*! School in 5 sleeps, school in 5 sleeps...

It's keeping me going, anyway. Today my bickering older two have given their grandmother a migraine :(

Tracy said...

You have cheered me up simply by reminding me that the problem is universal. It is five days and counting at my house too and I have run out of babysitters to beg, bribe and borrow. Good luck for the homestretch!

(I love the wurm and envy you your speedy knitting.)

Thea said...

This photo is priceless. Thanks for a much-needed smile :)

Amanda said...

Love that photo..too cute!

I am glad my older three are back and school and the younger two are too young to fight lol...

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

But I thought holidays were meant to be relaxing... or did I get that wrong...? or could it be that my holidays don't have anything to do with 'school'...?
W

Kylie said...

The problem is that holidays aren't long enough ;) I always find the first week is one of intense bickering while they get used to each other again away from the patterns they'd got into with friends during term time and re-establishing their patterns with sibling at home... but of course, with the Easter break, they just start getting into the same groove and holidays are over!! I call for a separation policy... anyone want to do a swap?! :)) Kx

Karin said...

Cute pic, love that expression :-)

I find that it helps when I give them a challenge for which they have to work together. Somehow a common goal often stops the bickering and gives them a sense of partnership. Ofcourse, they are still only 5 and almost 4 here, so I guess that can change in the next few years :-)

Another rescue remedy here is baking cookies. Somehow, baking cookies helps for everything!

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

What a gorgeous little face...

Angus in Northcote said...

Advice: Someone I know suggested a system for controlling bickering kids by having a bag of lollies that get destroyed piece by piece when bad behaviour occurs.

Oh wait, that was you. Sugary animal simulacrums: if only the UN would use them in the Middle East. They probably aren't Halal or Kosher, though.

Kirsty said...

Hang in there...not much longer.

My smallest has taken up residence in the master bedroom (now referred to as her private home cinema).

Lauren said...

Kylie hit the nail on the head. They're de-schooling. Its tough. Big owlet did it every holidays until we took her out of school. Not long to go now. Hoping you get some peaceful moments in the meantime. x

sean the prawn said...

cute,cute,cute.

Posie Patchwork said...

I seem to cruise through school holidays as my 4 are academic so to have 2 weeks off in a home with a craft studio & homey mumma, they go nuts with paper craft, sewing, painting, pasting & drawing. I can't pay them to sit still & watch television, so this is what they naturally choose!! It's messy but good clean fun. Oh & tax deductible!! I'm also blessed with 3 girls first, then their brother just does what they do, ahhhh, it's pretty calm & they like different things. My twins are the least alike so few clashes. Guessing i'm really lucky?? Good luck, our school holidays are still 2 days away. Love Posie

Patty said...

Aww sounds tough, sorry :) here's a smile to make you feel better!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Sister, I feel your pain. Sorry can't write anything longer ... have to go break up a fist fight ...

Fer said...

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

She's learning Esperanto as she sleeps ?
( Does anyone do that anymore ? Learn as they sleep , I mean .There's always someone who's learning Esperanto .)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Man she is too cute!

elly bee said...

this must be the solution for sons concetration problems at school.

wish he had the guts to wear them in class.