Bank Holidays With Kids VS Bank Holidays Without Kids

Bank Holidays : Once upon a time bank holidays were all about getting away. Catching up with friends, drinking one too many and not feeling guilty about spending Sunday in bed. Add your offspring to the equation and suddenly the outlook doesn't look so promising!

Once upon a time bank holidays were all about getting away. Catching up with friends, drinking one too many and not feeling guilty about spending Sunday in bed. Add your offspring to the equation and suddenly the outlook doesn’t look so promising!

Going to the pub…

Before the arrival of your darling children you’d spend your bank holidays drinking a shit tonne of alcohol. Regardless of your responsibilities – or should I say lack of – it’s inevitable that at some point you’d regret drinking so much. But you needn’t fret because the bank holiday brings with it an additional day. There’s no need to feel guilty about spending that day hugging the toilet bowl while promising your liver that you’ll never drink again. 

Once the kids arrive the pub doesn’t seem so appealing. Sure everyone’s leaving work and the sun is shining (who I am kidding). You may not have seen your beloved child all day but you’ve got the rest of the weekend, right? Nothing seems more alluring than sinking a few beers and laying the working week to rest….well STOP right there! What might sound like a brilliant idea now will not sound so fantastic at 6am when you’re attempting to change a shitty nappy and simultaneously searching YouTube for an episode of Peppa Pig that you haven’t watched at least nine million times!  

Getting away for the weekend…

Remember the days when a bank holiday actually meant a holiday! A luxury spa retreat, a shopping break in the city or a weekend away with the girls. You’d arrive back at work with the bank holiday blues but at least you’d made the most of your time away.

Fast forward however many years and you’re a family of three – or more. Now getting away involves:

1. Finding child friendly accommodation – easy to the inexperienced, surely you’d just book a family room? Wrong! How do you plan on spending your evening in the confines of a family room while your toddler sleeps 12 inches away from the TV?    
2. Packing at least half of your worldly possessions to cover every possible eventuality (this includes severe nappy rash, numerous poonamis, extreme snow, constipation & growth spurts…do I need to continue?)
3. Preempting traffic. It isn’t a bank holiday unless you get stuck in traffic but preparation is key! One traffic jam with no rations and it’ll scar you for life.
4. While there’s no doubt that you’ll have a lovely time, don’t kid yourself – it isn’t a holiday! On the bright side at least returning to work on Tuesday will be that little bit easier.

Late night movie marathons…

Back in the day bank holidays were the perfect excuse to binge watch Netflix. Catching up on your favourite box set or watching the latest must see flick, the weather may be dismal but the TV has your back. Getting a few mates over and sharing a pizza could give any night on the town a run for it’s money.

All parents know that with a late night, comes an early morning. It’s basically the universe taking a great big shit on you for daring to live a little. You know that as soon at that clock strikes twelve, you better hot foot your ass to bed. Never mind your carriage turning into a pumpkin, when your unappreciative toddler wakes at 5am demanding porridge prince charming will be the last thing on your mind. You’ll need at least two max-sticks for each eye and several cups of STRONG BLACK COFFEE!

Glorious sunshine… 

Pass me the carrot oil and put me out to bake. Wishful thinking maybe. Even if the sun did decide to make an appearance my ginger skin doesn’t permit tan. Nevertheless who ever complained about a sunny bank holiday?

Parents, that who! Clearly these childless sun worshiping folk have never attempted to smother a toddler in factor fifty and send him off with a hat on his head. Had they ever ventured down this treacherous road, they would know that the end result is an extraordinary meltdown and that’s just from the mum!

Rainy days…

So maybe you’re slightly disappointed. Your plans to spend the weekend in some hipster beer garden are a wash out but not to worry. Why not spend the day finishing your book or whipping up your famous lemon drizzle. If neither of those tickle your fancy then why not challenge your better half to a friendly game of scrabble?

Board games and small children do not mix. Scrabble may seem like innocent Sunday afternoon entertainment but in reality it’s a choking hazard waiting to happen. As a parent rainy days are all about housework. Catching up on  the washing and ironing. Bank holidays just happen to make it that little bit easier. With an extra pair of hands around the house you can make light work of the everyday chores.


Enjoy your bank holiday however many children or units of alcohol it may involve!

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  1. April 28, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Hahaha, I laughed so hard at the truth behind this. I have had many non-parent friends remind me of the glory days – beach trips, romantic picnics or strolls along…somewhere with greenery, dining out, late night cinema screenings. I hear you on the whole family room comment too! Why are they never family sized, as in bigger than a prison cell?!
    I’m actually going to be spending my bank hol catching up on TV lounging on the sofa (I never thought I’d get to say the word ‘lounging’ since becoming a Mum)…Daddy will be looking after little one so I’m going to out my feet up for a change! Hope you get to have a nice bank hol too.

  2. April 29, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Oh so true! I do miss not having children! We adopted older ones and it’s pretty much the same with them as with toddlers (plus they observe everything so you can’t even get away with little white lies)… 🙂 #blogstravaganza

  3. April 29, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Ah how life changes! I often think back to the days before we had children, I also think about how we probably didn’t make the most of it! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx
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  4. April 29, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Haha. Love this. Life was so different before we had our daughter the only thing I miss is the lie ins. But gladly trade those in for morning cuddles in bed with little lady.

  5. April 29, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Oh man yes! Pre-kids it would be beer gardens and lots of food and lie ins. Now not so much… Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS

  6. Nige
    May 1, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Haha this is brilliant how our lives change once we have children all so true Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  7. May 1, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I love this and so true how times change. Of course Pops woke at 5.30 this morning, clearly she doesn’t get what bank holidays are about!! And that was after we stayed up until, wait for it, quarter to eleven! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays
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  8. May 1, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Life certainly changes and somethings do take on a new look, however I promise some of the old day values come back as the kids grow up!
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  9. May 1, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    So true! I used to look forward to drinking in beer gardens on Bank Holidays – how things change! Now I like them for completely different reasons… Cx #marvmondays

  10. May 1, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Aha! I laughed out loud reading some of these! All so true, life certainly changes after kids. I did manage to enjoy the bank holiday weekend, although I must admit, a lot of the fun took part after the kids had gone to bed and did involve a lot of alcohol! #kcacols
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  11. May 8, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    This couldn’t be more true! Made me laugh too, there’s never any relaxing holiday with children, even if you manage to get a babysitter #KCACOLS
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  12. May 10, 2017 / 12:38 am

    We haven’t dared holiday with ours…for obvious reasons.
    Totally agree with the inevitable early rise for daring to stay up late!
    Great Post!

  13. May 10, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    This is so True! We are lucky with ours being older now that we can do stuff on a bank holiday. There is light at the end of the tunnel lol.
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