It reminded me how much I love being with my children and how I prefer to be with them than ferrying them off to different places all the time.
It showed me that all five of them seem to flourish when given more time at home, balanced with meaningful activity and routine, including proper nap times, play times and brain-engaging times.
It removed from me the sick feeling I’ve had every morning for over a year when I woke up dreading a day full of overwhelming responsibility and chaotic to-ing and fro-ing and the resulting tantrums and stress.
It proved to me (possibly for the first time ever) that if I really set my mind to it, I CAN follow a set routine and fit far more into my day as a result AND enjoy it at the same time.
It looked a little bit like this (brotherly tensions, disciplining and grouchy moments both from them and me have been edited from this video):
It was fun, it was purposeful, it stretched our knowledge, character and imaginations, and we didn’t want it to end.
So we’ve decided it won’t.
Welcome to our new venture: The Scholes Academy of Adventure and Learning, open 365 days a year.
(We're still working on the name btw....)