Wildwood : Take A Break

It’s school half-term here in the UK and I don’t know about any other parents, but can we parents have a break and send them back, please?

Well, no, not really. I don’t want to send them back to school just yet. I actually want to spend time with the off-spring. I want to share some creative things and time with them, I want to sit down and watch Guardians of the Galaxy with them under a duvet, eating popcorn whilst the toddler naps (she won’t sit still and watch it and I suspect the 5-year-old will struggle too!)

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Four of Arrows
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But they also need some mornings when things don’t have to be done at 80 mph, ready by this time, shoes on by this, lunches mostly prepared the evening before. They need the break but frankly, so do us parents! Everyone’s idea of a break is different, even the Tarot has a card for that.

That card, is the Four of Arrows. A time to mentally take a break. Arrows is like Swords in the standard RWS, so this represents a time to just mentally, disengage, switch off and rest.

How often do we want to just switch off the motorway of our brains when we’re trying to sleep. Our minds go at 200 miles an hour just when we don’t want them to.

It’s important to take a mental break from things regularly, but we forget that we’re not meant to be plugged in, Matrix style, all the time. We’re so plugged in now with smart phones, tablets, laptops, we just forget. Then we wonder why on earth we have issues when we’re burnt out. Or why others are burnt out.

So, this week, I’m going to enjoy (I hope!) my time at home with the three kids. We’re going to take a break, be a family, laugh, enjoy being together. Yes, we’ll probably argue (kids will lose 😉 ) and there might be some banning of electronic gadgets. But I am determined we’re going to rest. At least, sometimes!

I’ve used the Wildwood Tarot (here) by Mark Ryan, John Matthews & illustrated by Will Worthington.

Comments

  1. Ellen February 15, 2015 at 13:06

    I wish you a great week with your kids and lots of quiet time for yourself too. Doing some crochet or coloring can be good way to ease your mind and I remember it is doable with kids running around the house. 😀

    • Louise February 15, 2015 at 14:53

      The boys have a card to make for their sister, there’s a corner I need / want to tidy up and a garden to sort out. Plenty to do to keep them (and me!) occupied. 🙂

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