The Family Unplugged


The Family Unplugged

Kathryn Robson Website

Every year, for about five full days I go offline. And hands down, these are my favourite five days of the year!
Yes of course its Christmas time. Starting on the 23rd my laptop goes in the drawer along with my phone and in the background you can hear distressed voices lamenting : “Mum ! There is something wrong with the internet! Mum my Netflix just froze! Muuuuummmmmm!”
Me: “Sorry kids, there must be something wrong with the signal, I will give our service provider a ring, but you guys know they won't be able to come out until January.”

Our household is officially “UNPLUGGED”
It takes a day of grumping and moping, but out come the board games, the pencils and colouring books and the puzzles. My teenager will stay in his room, but pick up a book.

And, wait for it: everyone starts talking to each other, sharing opinions and interests, telling stories from school and work. I love it! Day 3 follows and slowly but progressively my house becomes a war-zone. With 3 boys stuck indoors due to non-stop rain, every board game has been played, all the Nerf guns have been loaded and a very lively game of Nerf Tag has been had and repeated, over and over again. My sofa and all the beds have been misused as trampolines, dens have been built out of every duvet and pillow in the house. Lego is EVERYWHERE! Screaming, shouting, arguing, wrestling, play-fighting, more shouting , food fights, a “whipped cream fight” (I may actually not be to old not to have enjoyed that one) and instead of spending quality time with my children I have been promoted to “the clean up after'er', while everyone else is having the most “awesome fun holidays” (quote my 5 year old), I am chasing after them with a bin bag and brush and I have not sat down in days!

How do I reconnect the internet again ??
On a more serious note, as a parent (sorry all none parents) do you love or hate, look forward to or dread SCHOOL HOLIDAYS? I can not decide, and with the Christmas ones now a few weeks behind us and half term, Easter and half term looming in front of us, its a good topic to work through - or so I thought.

By trade, I am not an Author only. My main income and full time job is running my clothes stores. So I have two full time jobs. My new Author status came along with all sorts of extra duties I never anticipated like, for example, running a blog. Until I wrote Golden, I never had two minutes spare to ever follow or read a blog, let alone write one. Then you have Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date, new and exciting people to talk to... the list goes on. Its a whole new amazing world, but very time consuming. And then comes my hobby, we breed dogs, and puppies are a lot of work.

So where does my family, my husband and children fit into my 16 hour days? They wiggle themselves in around the edges and on any average day I feel overwhelmed by guilt at not having enough time for them.
So to the holidays, disaster ! Now I don't have holidays, so I am at work.
But, mostly I work from home, so I am here, with the children and the dogs, working and ignoring them as best as I can to get any work done. It is wretched, I hate it. But not because my kids are in my way, but because I feel so guilty at not being able to give them all my 100% undivided attention at all times. I try, I scramble and stress myself out, every single day trying to be the best working mum I can, but is it enough?

For that reason I love Christmas. We close our shops for two weeks, I lock my Laptop away and my phone is turned off and I just hang out with the kids. For two whole weeks.
And I wonder, on their first day back at school, why I work so hard the other 50 weeks a year. Why do I not cut back my hours, work less, spend more time with my beautiful boys and give myself a break?

So every year, my New Years Resolution, after two weeks of being offline is that I will not get sucked back into my work-hole. That I will not let it be all consuming and on my mind 24/7.
And, like all New Years resolutions in the history of New Years resolutions it lasts about a week before I am back in the zone again, counting the days to the Christmas holiday, wishing I was a stay at home mum with not a money worry in the world.

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