1. Gemma

    I am lucky in the fact that even though I had to return to work when my little girl was 6 months I worked evenings, nights and weekends so I still got plenty of time with my little girl in the day and when she needed looking after she went to her Grandparents or other family members. We put her into a preschool at 2 for 2 mornings a week (she now does 3) as she wasn’t speaking and this was a last resort as we had tried everything else. It was one of the best things we did it has given my little girl so much confidence and she is now speaking but it also gives me chance to do the boring stuff (shopping and cleaning) whilst she isn’t there so all our time together is quality time. A Mum at the preschool who talks to me seems to be one of these parents who will palm off her child anywhere so she doesn’t have to parent him. She gets the free 15 hours a week as she doesn’t work and this is topped up to 18 hours from the preschool and she has now found money to pay for an extra session a week so at 2 years old her little boy does 2 full days and 3 half days, she doesn’t work and I fail to see how she needs him out of the house for that amount of time.

    When we went away last month, as you point out it’s a family holiday so we spent all our time together as a family and it was so precious and I wouldn’t swap the memories for a little break whilst she wondered off. Our time was when she was in bed sat in the caravan playing games, watching TV and enjoying time together as a couple. My little girl came on leaps and bounds in just 7 days and where it made me feel guilty that I do have to work and miss out on some parts I know that she is safe, happy and always well looked after. Some parents will be unable to say that.

    • farmerswifeandmummy

      It just goes to show that family time enriches and enhances children just as much, if not more so than being with other children. Thanks for your amazing comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am in complete agreement! I didn’t have children for someone else to look after them (I’m not talking about working parents, that’s a different issue) but having a family is all about shared experiences and how having children enriches your life x

    • farmerswifeandmummy

      It is true. I wouldn’t rest if they weren’t with me. Especially around water? Thanks love

  3. Absolutely! I rarely do anything without my children. People think I’m mad and I’ve also had “sympathy”. Really?? Why have children if you don’t want to spend time with them? If we ever go on a package holiday *we won’t* and there is a kids club, I’d let my children go for a couple of hours if they really wanted to. But actually just the thought of a package holiday with a kids club is making my skin crawl a little bit. Lol I’m ranting… but what I’m trying to say is yes, I agree with you!xx

  4. Dominique

    I totally agree. It amazes me after having worked in teaching how many parents want to abdicate responsibility for the smallest of parental tasks. If you want time off from your children I think people should take child free breaks. When we go away it is really hard to explain to our son that we don’t necessarily want him playing out like he sees other children able to do.

    • farmerswifeandmummy

      I agree with you too. I can imagine that is hard trying to explain. Thankfully we are not at that stage yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I totally agree with you! We absolutely love spending time as a family and always make the most of our time together. Why would this change when we went on holiday?! It’s the perfect time to spend quality time together! xx

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