I often think how lucky I am to have my own business, to make my own hours and be able to be home with the kids. I can make it to school assembly if Ruby is getting an award, and if one or both of my kids are sick, I can muddle through a day of work at home with them. Flexibility is awesome! I can email from the couch, watch them playing out the back whilst doing an Instagram post. Spend Fridays having a lunch date with Henry. Sounds great right?
But today, day (I've lost count) of about 40 of Christmas School Holidays, and I have a few thousand (no, not joking) unread emails I have to address, couriers banging down the door 3 or 4 times a day, and so many things on my to-do list that I was happy for my bubbly, smart 6 yo to have another iPad day when all of a sudden it hit me. Sometimes life for kids with a Mum that works from home can be.... well, a bit shit.
All of a sudden I realised that these are her school holidays, her time to have a break from school and have some fun, her time to be experiencing new things and new places. She is six. This is her Summer of being six, and the best I can do most days is let her play the iPad for longer than usual.
But the thing is, when you own your own business and work for yourself, you never really have a day off. There is never really anyone else to delegate to, to hold the fort while you take your kids to the Museum on a 'work day'. This year I managed a two-night 'holiday' with my kids and their Grandpa, which was amazing. They revelled in packing their bags, sleeping in new beds, going out to a restaurant for dinner, having a road trip. But I think they deserve more. They deserve someone that can be present, that isn't constantly 'at work'.
So today I turned off the phone, closed the computer and told my beautiful girl to grab her bathers we were heading to the pool for a few hours. Just you and me kid.
So if I didn't answer your email today, or you couldn't get me on the phone, or your order comes a day later than you expected, I'm not sorry. Today, for a few hours, we were on school holidays.
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