I have been coming to the conclusion, over the last 6 months or so, that the only possible explanation for having ended up with a Joey Maynard brace of girls is that i willed them on myself with all those Chalet School Stories. And having done so, not to subject them to some form of Chalet School upbringing would be, quite frankly, a disgrace 😉
And so, dear readers and regular raisers of eyebrows, i have decided that this year i am going to instill some Chalet School values in them. They are going to get Joey Maynard as a mummy. Woefully, this is not going to include me getting a staff of 4 to help me care for my brood of 13, nor is it likely to involve any sort of mountain-top living, with a conveniently rich and masterful husband who sends me to bed for a fortnight if i look peaky. It could well be a bit short on cake and rich, creamy hot chocolate too, judging by the current state of the fridge. In fact, i suspect the biggest change for me is likely to be having to give up the computer and say “in a minute” less often. Joey was a childrens’ novelist though, so maybe this year is the year for that.
All that aside, this year is going to include…
*table manners (if i have to beat them into them!)
*more exercise that happens outside.
*sewing and that sort of craft.
*practical life skills i’ve lapsed on.
*learning a language together in a functional, everyday sort of a way.
*helpful chores around the house
*better order and tidiness for all of us.
*more sensible structure to our days (not our HE, our days.)
*some regular quiet time for us all.
*all of us showing a little more respect for each other and doing as we are asked when we are asked.
I’ll draw the line at morning and evening prayers, that isn’t our style really. I won’t even make them wear a frock and sunhat. But you know, just a little bit of Chalet School never did anyone any harm 😉