Dealing with the school holidays can be very stressful. We’re thrown out of our normal routine, as are our children, and, as parents, expected to sort out both their day-to-day lives and our own. If we’re working it can be even harder, what with juggling childcare and our children’s wants and needs. On top of all that we may very well actually want to enjoy the time we do have off! I believe the key to getting all of these sometimes conflicting pressures and pleasures in balance is to work on not expecting too much of ourselves. Even if we look forward to holidays a great deal, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best time ever! If we try to experience the moment by moment reality of whatever it is we are doing, we set a good example for our children as well as allowing ourselves the best chance of not getting caught up in expectations and guilt.