Ten things to do when your child starts nursery depending on your mood

July 20, 2015
My twin girls will be starting nursery in September. It’s only two and a half hours, but it’ll the slowest two and a half hours ever!

I have a range of mixed emotions about them starting nursery school. They’ve always been looked after in their own home by either my husband or I, or my dad. They’ve never been away from home without mummy or daddy so it’ll be a strange and new experience for all of us.
I’ve talked to them a lot about starting nursery and have explained that mummy and daddy won’t be staying with them, but will be back to pick them later and they can tell us all about what they did. With the help of some books I think they’re both pretty much ready, although I guess only time will tell!
I think it’ll take a bit of time for me to adjust to not having the girls at home with me all of the time. I know it’s only two and a half hours, but it’ll still be strange.
I’ve come up with a light hearted list of things to do when your child starts nursery school depending on your mood. Two and a half hours isn’t long, but I’m sure we could get of some these things done in that time!

Mood: Lazy
1.       Sleep. Very simple. Take a nap! Just make sure you set an alarm clock or two so that you don’t oversleep and forget to pick the kids up from nursery on their first day!
2.       Watch TV. Again a simple activity that requires no effort!
3.       Read a book or magazine. Well, maybe just flick through it and look at the pictures!
4.       Tidy up – also known as push all of the kids toys to one side of the room and only look at the ‘tidy’ side!
5.       If it’s a warm, sunny day make the most of being able to use the garden without being asked to push a child on a swing, join them on the trampoline or kick a ball with them and just sunbathe in peace!
6.       Sort out the kitchen cupboards – also known as eating all of the good stuff without having to share it with a toddler!
7.       In conjunction with number six make the most of not having to hide in the kitchen/bedroom/garden to eat chocolate in peace!
8.       A bit of effort required for this one, but why not treat yourself to a facial or manicure!
9.       Have a cup of tea in peace in front of some trashy daytime TV!
10.   Browse the internet for holidays or simply catch up on the latest news from around the world
Mood: Motivated
1.       Now that the kids aren’t around to get under your feet you can finally sort through all of their toys and decide which ones to keep and which ones to take to the charity shop
2.       Have a good tidy up. R and M like to hold my hand when I hoover meaning I only do half a job! Therefore making the most of the time that they’re in nursery will be a good chance to catch on housework
3.       Wash the car – something I haven’t done for such a long time! This also means emptying the door pockets of car park tickets and cleaning the girls car seats of crumbs and other toddler related paraphernalia!
4.       Bake – A cake, the evenings meal – pretty much anything you want to bake in peace!
5.       Tidy up the garden. For a while now I’ve been wanting to rearrange our garden a little bit just so that we can utilise the space a bit better. I haven’t found the time to do this yet, so this just may be the time to start!
6.       Go shopping for food or clothes in peace. I usually do the food shop online, but it’d be nice to go and do this in peace in the supermarket
7.       Go for a run, swim or to the gym. I used to do this in the evenings, but lost motivation because in the evenings I just  want to sit down and watch TV! It’d be great to spend this time either trying out a new class or just going for a run or swim.
8.       Decorate! We have a few rooms in our home that still need to be decorated so making a start on these would be great
9.       Upcycle! This is a personal one, but I’ve had a lovely wooden side table that I bought for £5 last year and I’ve been meaning to give it a new lease of life, but haven’t got round to it yet
10.   Go for a walk or drive and discover new places – obviously ensuring you don’t go too far so you have time to return and pick up the kids!
What will you be doing whilst your children are at nursery?


  • MamaMummyMum

    July 20, 2015 at 7:20 am

    great list, I always end up doing housework lol thanks for sharing with #readwithme x

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment. That's probably one of the things I'll end up doing, although I think I'd spent a lot of time blogging or just relaxing and making the most of the peace and quiet! x

  • Kim Carberry

    July 20, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Aww! Little one's starting nursery is such a big change for everyone but you will get used to it! Good luck for September….
    You could always go on Social media and those hours just fly over….hehehe

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Kim, it is such a big change. It'll be strange for us. I'll probably end up on twitter on day to distract myself! x

  • Mrs Tubbs

    July 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Rev T did a home learning course that turned into a degree! Enjoy your free time. Have a great week

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      A home learning course is a great idea. I have a few book marked on my macbook so will definitely take some time out to look into doing a course x

  • Random Musings

    July 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Great list. I love your definition of tidying up – push to one side and look at the other side lol. We've all been there haha 🙂
    Thank you for linking to #AnythingGoes

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Debbie! x

  • Talya Stone

    July 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Love this! Got another year to go but I am already dreaming of what I will do with this newfound freedom! #AnythingGoes

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Haha, it'll be weird not having them home. I imagine I'll feel a bit lost for a while. It'll certainly take some getting used to!

  • Kirsten Toyne

    July 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    What a lovely picture. Use the time in what ever way suits you is what I say. A much needed recharge is often needed. #anythinggoes

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Kirsten. It's one of my favourite pictures! I have it on a canvas in my living room!

  • Cuddle Fairy

    July 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Awww it's so hard to let them go at first! The time goes by so slowly for the first week. Then, those two hours just fly by! It's hard to get anything done lol #Anythinggoes

    1. Emily

      July 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      It is so hard. I just want to keep them at home forever! I really won't know what to do with myself x

  • you baby me mummy

    July 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Fab list! I aways blog when Baby at Preschool. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    1. Emily

      July 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks hun. I imagine I'll probably do a lot of blogging when they start school full time x

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