School Holiday Musings of a Work-From-Home Mum

Thoughts from the House of Love and Mayhem: a throwback to our pre-pandemic life, when the kids were only home during school holidays.

Ruth Fae
4 min readNov 26, 2021

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Photo by Peter Olexa from Pexels

Call me crazy but I’ve always loved school holidays. The hiatus from the kids’ extra-curricular activities is absolute heaven. Our tightly organised timetable is chucked in the proverbial bin and, for two weeks, we are free to go with the flow. It’s fabulous.

Except that nowadays my kids seem to flow in all different directions.

It was so much easier when they were little, and I carted them all off for an adventure before their afternoon naps.

‘Quiet time’ was a thing. And they were all in bed by 8.30pm.

As a writer working from home, the flexibility is great, but it’s always a juggle. You’d think it would be easier now the kids are older, but I’m finding these school holidays to be frustrating, exhausting, and challenging. Aged from eight to sixteen, I can’t just lump them all together and take them on an outing, or plonk them in front of a movie with a bowl of popcorn. Even though they are largely self-sufficient, their individual needs seem to impact my time so…

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Ruth Fae

Intuitive Writing Coach & Editor. Author. Storytelling is magickal. Words weave spells. Align with your inner magick to become a confident published author.