It’s fast approaching yet another time of year I dread – the holidays in February half term. Although to be fair, as a working mum, one holiday seems to blend into another because I still have to work … and I still have to find childcare for Dexter.
However, I am toying with doing something a little different this year. Quick trip to Hawaii? Another trip to the Kent coast with 180 school kids? Spending a whole week at home re-painting the lounge? (I know which one I’d choose if I had the choice!)
I thought I might take Dexter to Butlins.
Butlins has changed a lot over the last few years. I went there two years ago for a Tots 100 Christmas party and got to stay in one of the hotels … and I was really impressed. I only haven’t been back since because life got in the way. Which is all rather annoying.
I love the idea of spending a whole week with Dexter. I would imagine stay at home parents might find that weird (I would have done when I was one!) but when you’re a full time working mum you feel guilty for working all the time when the kids are at school … then you feel guilty all the time for when you’re working and the kids are in a holiday club!
Guilt is a common theme for most parents I would imagine.
I figured going to Butlins would make the ideal trip for both of us. Swimming pool, all you can eat breakfast and comfy beds – we don’t ask for much. I don’t care if it rains. I don’t care if it’s cold. Just the thought of not having to get up for work is delicious. (Don’t get me wrong, I love my job!)
I daren’t tell Dexter in case it doesn’t happen, because he will literally ask me every single day until we go, “How many sleeps before Butlins?” and I can’t bear the stress of that!
Anyway, watch this space. I may just be thinking out loud about going away because I’m feeling guilty because it always seems like I’m working … and I know he misses me. That’s the trouble when you’re both Mum AND Dad to a child – you burn yourself out.
I have never needed a holiday more.