The end of year school holiday season has started. Apart from my eldest, Sakinah, who is preparing for her semester exams at the polytechnic, all my children are back at home.
So, a couple of weeks before the holiday started I'd started scratching my head thinking: “what would they do during this one-and-a-half month’s break at home?” Left to their own device, the scenario would most likely be as follows:
Subuh: wake up for solat (but not after a few rounds of shouting to wake them up)
After subuh: back to sleep
9.30 or 10.00am: wake up for breakfast
10.00 – 1.00pm: switch on computer, open internet (mySpace, Friendsters, Footy tube, BBC Sport, Liverpool FC TV etc.), watch TV, read newspaper or magazine (sometimes only)
2.00 to 5.00pm: more of the above
6.00pm: play football
After Maghrib: watch news on TV
After news: more internet or play games on Play Station
After 10.30 (after Abah and Umi have gone to bed): watch sports on TV-ESPN, Astro Sports etc.
1.00am: go to bed (finally...)
3.00am: wake up - watch live EPL or Champions League football on TV
5.00am: back to bed again.
Yes. School holidays are akin to a honeymoon period for all of them. All play and no work, and not a worry in the world. Really makes me jealous sometimes.
That’s why this time around I am quite determined not to let them go scot-free.
I signed Syafiq and Anas up for a summer camp in Hulu Langat towards the end of December.
They still go to bed late. And they still wake up at 9.00 or 10.00am. But at least they get to do something worth over the holidays.