This activity is not for the faint of heart or, as it turns out, for the 40-something year old mum of three who is still recovering from a knee reconstruction.
Once you’ve come clean, how do you stop them spoiling the magic for their younger siblings?
Organise the entire trip to suit yourself. It doesn’t matter what you plan or how much fun you think it’s going to be for them, it’ll suck. You’ll suck.
So here’s what’s going to happen next. I won’t be rescuing my family any more. Not out of spite. Not to get back at them. But to teach them how to rescue themselves.
When I was offered the opportunity to be a cool, take-your-kids-to-a-music-festival Mum for a weekend, I jumped at the chance. After all, how hard could it be?
Now, my kids are fairly experienced travellers. They’ve packed for camps, weekends away, ski trips and trips around the world. So I thought I’d give them a go at packing their own daypacks for Splore. What could possibly go wrong.
“One day”, I told Miss almost-12, “you’ll tell your friends how cool your parents were taking you to a music festival” to which she responded with the ultimate in tweenagese – the *sigh* *eyeroll* combo.
It’s about making time to spend with each other, doing something we’ll all enjoy, or something we would never have dreamed of doing otherwise – creating memories to share and stories to tell.
Having all of my kids birthdays in the same month makes it so much easier to give them all the gift of an experience by planning a fun family weekend away. So we chose Christchurch, which for Miss almost-11 meant the chance to turn her Sunday morning TV into reality by being in the What Now studio audience. What we did We travelled to Christchurch on Airpoints, booked a cheap motel and signed the kids up to be part of the What Now studio audience. To do this, simply fill in their online form with the date you want, and they’ll get back to you to confirm your place. And better still, it doesn’t cost a thing! How it went Having to be at the studio at 7am makes for a pretty early start, even though we were staying very close by. And if you don’t know your way around town, the studio can be a bit hard to find, especially in the dark. But we arrived early enough to follow other people to our …
It’s not that I don’t want my house renovated. I do. Desperately. I’m in awe of people who renovate. I have friends and neighbours who have renovated several times in the time it’s taken me to not start my renovation.