As always, Mr Tammy and I are planning and preparing for our next getaway. We have a few things in mind but one thing we have toyed with, that we have previously pushed aside, is a holiday complex that offers childcare. I am not talking about the free kids clubs you see with most package holidays. I am not talking about these only because my children are too young to qualify for them. They usually start from age three and my eldest isn’t three until August.
Having been bombarded with Mark Warner posts lately, and having spent a fair bit of time trawling through their holidays, it is clear that one of their big selling points is that they offer childcare with registered nannys from babies to teens. They are not the only company to do so.
Of late we have given holiday complexes a bit of a wide birth, as we find private rentals generally easier with a one and two year old, and we’re all about the easier life. That said, these childcare providing facilities have crossed our path and it has left me wondering whether I would actually use them? I know Mr Tammy would, and previously I would have declined on the basis that we are on a family holiday and I am there to be with my family, children included….ya know, we’re making memories people. Urgh.
Also, lets face it, mum guilt is largely at play here. The thought of palming them off so I can, I don’t know sit in the sun, read a book or do something without them weighs heavy. It makes me feel unsettled. Their age doesn’t help, at 20 months and two I worry they can’t communicate effectively, that they don’t understand the concept of time or what is going on. Why mummy is leaving? Were they say 5 and voluntarily skipping off to the kids club I can’t imagine I would bat an eye lid. Well may be a little, they will always be my babies.Now let’s get some prepective here people, these clubs are for 2 or 3 hours a day. They are run by registered nannys, who are all qualified. They are either British or trained in the U.K – NOT that the country or nationality is swaying factor, it is simply a point that 1. Language shouldn’t be a problem and 2. Their training should be no different than that of a nursery nurse where we can leave our children for eight hours a day, as we head off to work.
So there is something niggling away at the back of my head.
Perhaps it is being run ragged all day every day by my two busy, demanding and contrary toddlers. Perhaps it is because Mr Tammy works 6/7 days a week without real down time. Perhaps it is the fact that no previous holiday has offered up much in the way of a rest or indeed holiday. Perhaps it is because I am so tired I feel ill or that I crave just a few hours that are not dictated by the wants and needs of two tiny humans. Perhaps it is just thought of sitting still, on a sun bed, with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other, hey I am human right? It is a nice thought isn’t it, to have two hours a day to sit, read, nap, eat an ice cream to yourself.
Could it be more than a thought? Could I get over the mum guilt (and myself) enough to leave them with someone else for two hours so I can just be, and be with Mr Tammy? Am I being selfish? Or am I giving my self an unduly hard time over it? Could you? Could you use the baby/childcare facility? Would you? Have you? I’d love to hear from you. #whatwouldyoudo?