Last Friday my partner’s car died bringing us down to a one car household. As he has to drive to work and I work from the comfort of my sofa, it was quickly decided that he would have the car for most of this week.
This has led to a change of routine for me and the boys. We used to walk to school, then a combination of being lazy, me not being an autumn weather kind of person and driving to and from school meaning I get an extra 30 mins of work a day in, means a lot of school runs are done in the car. This is something I was vaguely aware needed to change but I always gave into the temptation of being able to squeeze in extra minutes of work. This week as my partner’s driven off, taking my freedom on wheels with him, the boys and I have walked to and from school. I’ve really noticed the changes this has meant:
The beginning and the end of the day feel like they’re happening at a more relaxed, less heart palpitating pace.
The dog gets walked to and from school and I don’t spend all day feeling guilty I haven’t walked him yet and stressing about when I’m going to have to stop working to walk him.
I have great conversations with the boys, learning all about their day before the get home and glue themselves to their iPads.
Even though it takes more time, everything feels more manageable
All these things has fed into what goes on after school at home. Every night I’ve ordered the boys off their iPads (after a while of them catching up on the latest games) and we’ve played proper games. Hide and seek, Uno, board games etc. Bedtimes have become easier and everyone in the house feels more relaxed (other than my partner who still has to battle the traffic to and from work).
Whilst not having a car certainly hasn’t been my favourite part of the week and I’ve not liked the cut off feeling it’s given me at times, the change in mindset and being forced to not rush around has done wonders for my mindset.