Monday, 14 November 2011

Duvet Day

Today, I made the unprecedented decision and gave the boys a "duvet day".   Anyone who knows me well, will know that I am the mum that through rain, snow or blizzard will get the kids in to school and on time.  I am also that mum who will send then in with a cold (why is it that other parents keep their kids off with coughs and colds?!) in fact, the only time they are allowed of school is when they are running a temperature and are to ill to get out of bed.

So, what was different about today?

It was Beautiful Beansy's birthday this weekend and despite having his party last week, he had his first ever sleepover this weekend.  It was so lovely to see/hear him and his friends as they whispered and played lego, but they were still awake until just past 10pm and as my kids are usually in bed around 7pm, it stands to reason that they were tired and grumpy.  The boys also played rugby and went to the skate park and so were physically and mentally shattered.    

Consequently, this morning both the boys were crying, tired and just generally exhausted and so I took the decision to give them the "day off".  We played, we read stories and watched 2 films back to back.  They both fell asleep around 2pm for over an hour.

I think a mothers intuition is far better than any other and so I gave the boys the day off.    They are now both refreshed and revitalised and raring to go back tomorrow.

The company I used to work for used to grant employees 4 "duvet days" a year.  To my mind, this is exactly what I gave the boys today.

So, have you done this before?  Was I right to listen to my intuition or should I have sent them in regardless?  What would you have done??

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx


  1. I think you did the right thing. I find if mine are over tired they're more likely to come down with something as they haven't the strength to fight it off.
    What a great idea for your company to give you 4 'duvet days' a year. I think everyone should take this up! :)

  2. A duvet day is sometimes necessary to recharge the batteries. The only thing better is a Slanket day!!!

  3. Of course you did the right thing sweets xx

  4. I think this is what any super amazing mum would do. Anyway, kids go to school too much, they should be at home more! I'd keep mine off half the time if I could.... wanted to flexi school them but the school wouldn't have it ;-(

  5. Sorry I can't agree, kids need to learn that life is tough and sometimes you have to struggle through going to work when they don't feel up to it, getting up to feed their babies in the middle of the night etc.

  6. Totally agree, the right thing to do. There is so much time to realise that life is tough - those lessons are built on throughout their life. Nurturing and understanding your children whilst they are still around you is what successful parenting is all about.

  7. I think you did the right thing. I think snuggling and spending time with you was the right thing to do. There is always tomorrow. x


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