Last year my son started going to nursery 2 days a week, so, after over 8 years of unrelenting mumdom, I had a couple of what my friends and I call CFDs.
People who don’t have kids said ‘You won’t know what to do with yourself’ and ‘What are you going to do with all that spare time?’.
But if you are a mum and are lucky enough to have regular CFD’s then you’ll know it’s not all day time TV or long lunches. While the older kids are at school, I have to drop my son at nursery, walk the dogs, do any shopping for the next day’s meals, attend to any phone calls or emails that I can’t do with kids around, tidy the house, cook some meals, catch up with friends, run errands and do some work. I don’t do all of these things every day but I do do most of them most days.
I listen to the radio but never watch any TV and have a cup of something with friends every couple of weeks. I keep meaning to make lunch dates, but everyone is as busy as I am and we inevitably end up having morning tea in a coffee shop instead.
This year, my son has an extra day at nursery funded as he has special needs, so I get three days a week ‘free’. I’ve decided lunch is going to be a priority, some month very soon.