Of course weekends are lovely. They often mean no work (for some), lots of family time and a generally more relaxed attitude towards the day ahead.
However, as usual with parenthood not everything is straight forward.
I have decided to create a list of pro's and con's for weekdays vs weekends in order to thoroughly compare.
ROUTINE - oh you lovely thing you. A parents best friend. Everyone knows where they are with a good routine.
Tired children- although this can also be a con it normally means a better nights sleep for all.
Work related adult conversation- surprisingly life should not always revolve around Mr Tumble and dancing to Agadoo.
Shopping- in particular the supermarkets are considerably quieter during the week which makes it marginally more bearable.
Bad weather school runs: the weather is rather unsympathetic to parents and school runs. Come rain or shine (or gale force winds which is my favourite) those kids are going to school.
Only 24 hours in a day- getting two kids ready for school/nursery, dropping them off (thank goodness for good friends) and getting to work for 8:30 is a challenge.
Poor Daddy. We are very lucky in that the man of the house (the oldest one) is home for a very reasonable time after work. However, he still only usually gets to see the grumpy end of our days. Tired, irritable and emotional (and that's just me) Daddy often gets the raw end of the deal.
Lie in (see con's) - I believe the absolute key to a successful marriage is letting one parent have a lie In on Saturday and the other on Sunday.
Getting out and about- we love going out for the day. Parks, picnics, family visits it's all good fun.
Wine. Enough said.
Chocolate. Enough said.
So called lie in (see pro's)- every weekend without fail our boys have broken nights and ridiculously early starts. It is guaranteed that one of us will have to be up by 6am on both a Saturday and Sunday.
Lack of routine- seriously if I could marry routine I would.
Mummy and Daddy - a bit of a strange one because the whole point of family time is that everyone is involved. However, there is a distinct change in both boys' behaviour when both of us are around. I don't think we are alone in this, friends of mine with little people have concurred.
The eldest acts more babyish and the youngest becomes a grumpy teenager.
In summary, I conclude that weekends are times to make lovely memories and spend special occasions with friends and family. However they are also a time for major family rows, threat of divorce and boarding school and the serious over comsumption of highly calorific treats by all in order to pacify and recouperate.
End of report. X