As the evenings are getting lighter and the promise of spring and warmer weather is just around the corner, my thoughts are starting to turn towards carefree holidays, laughing children and relaxing parents.
Then my brain comes to a screeching halt and reality kicks in when I suddenly remember with a lurch the hell that comes with a family hotel room.
It’s all fine before you go. You’re anticipating a lovely night or two away, and are looking forward to days strolling along the beach, maybe a spot of swimming, and general fun and games.
Then, after a day of fun and laughter, the kids will be tired from all the activities and sleep like a log.
It’s great to maybe open a bottle of wine and have a drink after the small people have gone to bed and have a bit of a conversation.
Oh, come on, get real.
You know what actually happens is that instead of relaxing, as soon as bedtime hits all the stresses of the day that magically disappeared when you were all beach strolling and sandcastle building is going to come racing back.
This being because the little darlings flat out refuse to go to sleep, and take great pleasure in winding each other up instead.
Plus, how are they ever going to get to sleep when you and the other half are in the same room – this, to their mind, just means more opportunity for fun and games.
There’s no escape in one room, either.
Your options are turn the lights off and pretend to go to sleep yourself (whilst secretly hiding under the cover with your phone sending out SOS messages on Facebook and screaming to your online pals to help keep you sane.)
Or hiding in the bathroom whilst sitting on the toilet lid and reading a book as it’s the only way you’ll get some peace.
No thank you. I’d rather poke at my eyes with a rusty spoon than endure the hell that is a family hotel room.
Arrrgh. All the people who do this on a regular basis – you’ve either got angel kids, or a serious desire to inflict pain and suffering upon yourself.
Nope, it’s a three bedroom apartment here situation or nothing.
I suppose I’d better get saving up…..