As would be expected, over the past few months I've had Duck Egg Threads tunnel vision, I'm there physically in the room but my head is somewhere totally else!
With a mum lost in thought or scribbling notes to herself and a dad either out at work or sat at his computer working, William has watched more TV, had more iPad screen time and eaten more chicken nuggets and chips than we are comfortable with. By Easter, the shop had launched and the initial pressure was off, we decided that we were going to take advantage of the public and school holidays coming up over the next few months. So whilst away at Easter we got out the diaries and booked some more Family Time.
Which is how we found ourselves, bikes strapped to the roof and caravan hooked to the back of the car heading off to North Yorkshire for the May Bank holiday weekend.
|another weekend, another field|
More bike riding, more fresh air, reading actual books, family games of Scrabble and talking to one another (with the occasional checking of emails on our phones).
|snacking in the forest|
I'm starting to get into the groove of having a full time job now, and a loose routine is beginning to appear. There is still a lot of juggling to do but a glimmer of achieving some sort of work-life balance is twinkling in the distance, ready to be tweaked and adapted over time. From school pick up time until bedtime, I'm a fully focussed mum again. Although I'm not sure if William is entirely happy with this, because now after school we spend time reading, practicing spellings and preparing for his KS1 assessments!
How do you strike a work-life balance? Have you any tips?