The Half Term That Wasn’t



It’s been a long week.

Life took an unexpected turn, as it does, and I ended up flat out at work, and then two blogs (including this one) got hacked and I’ve been up to my ears in clients, and developers, and hosts and to be brutally honest, the last thing I needed was a child at home to entertain, when I was tied to my computer for 16 hours a day.

I’m not complaining. Not much, anyway.

I know, that for every week that looks like this, there’s a week where we’re surfing in California, or clambering over rocks at the river at Bolton Abbey, or watching movies, and having a blast, generally.

But this week definitely leaned towards ‘fail’ in the parenting stakes.

Parenting achievements this week have included…

The day I served sandwiches for three meals in a row.

The day I bribed my child with £10 to walk the dog.

The day I invited over one of Flea’s friends and sent them to the park, while I semi-stalked them using my iPhone.

The day I bribed my child to go to the shop and buy a giant packet of biscuits and a six pack of Diet Coke by handing her a tenner and saying, “Take your bike, and you can keep the change.” 

The day I let my child watch six episodes of ER in a row. Well, it’s sort of educational, right?

The day my child brought me my laptop and said, “How about if you sit next to me on the sofa and you can still work but we’ll be together…” 

And all the while, social media is taunting me with happy families enjoying wholesome outdoor activities and cooking and crafting, and they’re all so hashtag blessed about it that I sort of secretly want to punch them in the face. Just a bit.


It’s back to school tomorrow.

And for once, I can’t wait!

Hashtag sorry-not-sorry. 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 21st February 2016 / 9:10 pm

    You know, 6 weeks and it’ll be Easter – and that will be all kinds of ace as you can legitimately eat chocolate for 3 meals in a row 🙂

    • Sally
      22nd February 2016 / 10:57 pm

      There is that 🙂

  2. 22nd February 2016 / 1:22 pm

    God your last point (sitting together on the sofa so you could be together) – what a gut punch.

    Terrible half term here too and we’ve both worked through it all. Kids went to a sports based holiday club for two days and my parents for shorter hours on the other three days – and back there again today for inset cover.

    Rubbish, rubbish parenting. Gutted.

    • Sally
      22nd February 2016 / 10:58 pm

      I know, right, I was SO gutted! It’s rubbish, but I try and tell myself she’s building independence and self-reliance while being neglected.

  3. 22nd February 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Sorry. *Turns the other cheek.* If it makes you feel any better, I’m paying for my week off in deadlines and email inbox hell now.

    • Sally
      22nd February 2016 / 10:58 pm

      It does, a little. I’m shallow like that.

  4. 22nd February 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I am a failing parent 80% of the time. I have my 80/20 the wrong way round. My son was in childcare for 4 days out of 5. I felt slightly less guilty that he had a fantastic time but it still wasn’t Mummy & son time.

    • Sally
      22nd February 2016 / 10:58 pm

      It’s our loss rather than theirs often, I think, isn’t it? So hard.

  5. 23rd February 2016 / 5:07 am

    Bless you 🙂 hope you sorted the blogs out, what a nightmare. Sandwich for three meals is practical and I bet they loved it too! I hate the school run and really didn’t miss it x

  6. 27th February 2016 / 6:20 pm

    The joys of parenting hey! Sorry you had such a brutal half term Sally. The good thing is that you recognise a bribe.