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Every parent’s nightmare: the end of another summer term

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Another week and then finally it’s the end of the school summer term.

There has been so much on over the  few weeks – sports days, tournaments, music concerts, choir performances and, whilst writing this, I realise we didn’t practise Year 1 spellings today. A bad parent moment.

But, still, that’s what I wanted to write about.


Everything with the children seems to be lurching along from crisis to crisis at the moment.  At the least in the eyes of the children who are prone to arguing, shouting and bursting into tears with increasing regularity over the last week. To be honest I sometimes feel not far behind them as I try in vain to keep explaining the same things over and over again. Whilst my yr 1 doesn’t have screens before school (we never have and I’m not starting now), the oldest it’s arguments over homework and the middle one is in a bit of a state about a music exam next week.

So, with a deep breath and doing my best to keep calm, I am trying to remember to pick my battles with only 5 more school mornings before the summer holidays. And, as much as I am looking forward to it, the holidays will bring their own difficulties but at least we can tackle them in our pjs if we want!


I do have a few outings planned and a few crafts stashed away ready to bring out during the holidays.  Over the next week or so I will organise some play dates, dog walks with other families and perhaps a trip to London which we have talked about for a while.

Wishing all you parents a calm end of term.


How are you preparing for the end of term?  Are you drowning under a deluge of end of term activities or are you cool, calm and collected.  Share your end of term thoughts with us.


Beckie is a mum to three kids, and works in the Cambridge area as a coach. Feel free to get in contact for a no obligation discussion.

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