The summer holidays are here, and apparently the sun has been notified of this fact - it's been absolutely gorgeous here in Bristol, and the kids have been making the most of it - sleeping in a tent in the garden (or more accurately not sleeping in a tent in the garden), splashing in the paddling pool, collecting sticks for our wildlife corner - good wholesome fun. It's not the fun that has given me my word of this week though, but the lack of it - well, potentially anyway. Linking up to The Reading Residence as always, my word of the week this week is
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1. the act or state of expecting or the state of being expected
2. (usually plural) something looked forward to, whether feared or hoped for: we have great expectations for his future; their worst expectations.
3. an attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipation: to regard something with expectation.
4. (Statistics) statistics
a. the numerical probability that an event will occur
b. another term for expected value
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School holidays in my house are nothing like the smiley happy lovely holidays other families seem to have - much more strops and spills and arguments. But I don't think our summer is really all that different to everyone else's, it's just that I focus on the tough bits and others don't! So, this time around, I'm doing the 'managing expectations' thing - not other people's, just mine. Instead of hoping this last week (encompassing the end of term and those first few heady days of not school) would be all happiness and excitement and anticipation and playing board games and holding hands and singing songs, I made a purposeful choice to expect arguments over who sits in which seat in the car, elbowing each other out of the way to snatch the biggest biscuit off the plate, and lots of exchanges along the lines of 'muuum, she called me an idiot', 'only because he trod on my picture', 'if she didn't want me to tread on it she shouldn't have left it on the grass' and 'you didn't have to keep stamping on it though, that was just mean!'
So, lesson of my week - expectations - keep them realistic and there's less chance of ending up crying in the corner because it has all gone terribly wrong!
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