Guest Post: My Doula Story on Lausanne Mom

I’ve been following Meta on Lausanne Mom for quite a while now, and when she said she was looking for stories for World Doula Week, I jumped at the chance.

You can read my story here.

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You’re just on holiday all the time!

So declared a neighbour’s kid to Lego Boy one day.   She definitely struggles with the idea that he doesn’t go to school and you can see her thinking it through, and occasionally she’ll come out with pronouncements like that.

Lego Boy is a bit bemused by it all.  As getting his education outside of school has always been an option for him, and even though he knows that the vast majority of children go to school, to him it is such a simple idea, that he doesn’t get what is so hard for others to understand.

He is aware that he is lucky that we give him the option (although sometimes he isn’t sure why all children don’t get that choice from their parents) of going to school or not………

(And he certainly doesn’t think that he is on holiday all the time. In fact there are times when he gets quite cross when I ask him to do something)

But, we only do a couple of hours of more formal work a day, so yes, the rest of the day can seem like a holiday.

Do you have holidays, like half term and Easter

We definitely have ‘time off’.  Whether this is in line with the cantonal school holidays depends.  It depends on if we are doing something particularly engaging that we wish to continue with, or if we need to catch up oth a few things (which I’m aware is a slightly abstract concept, as we don’t have deadlines), or if we just need a bit of a break from sitting down at the table.

This last week though was Relaches, Swiss Romande equivalent of half term.  It normally means kids and families take off for the mountains for a week of skiing, or children spend a week with grandparents.  For us, it usually means at least a few early mornings and a bit of one-on-one time for me and Dino Girl. This is because, with a bit of searching, (and not always online, as the Swiss don’t seem to be huge internet users, particularly businesses) I sign Lego Boy up for one or more workshops, or ateliers.

Last year, he spent a whole week with the maison de quartier sous gare (sort of like a youth club) away skiing. He didn’t want to do the same this year, as he said that 5 days skiing in the morning and the afternoon with no choice to opt out was way too much for him.

However this year I was a little slack in looking for something. A friend saved the day. She told me about Un Jour, Deux Musées, a workshop between two local museums, the Alimentarium and the Musée de Jeu. As they have just moved back to Switzerland and their eldest, F, is not so confident in French, we booked the same day for Lego Boy and F to go to. Unfortunately on the day, F was ill, so Lego Boy went on his own. He had a great time. The morning was spent in the kitchens of the food museum making vegetable lasagne, salad and dessert (never could get out of him what dessert was as he didn’t like it). After a few games and eating what they’d made, they walked to the next village and the games museum (situated in a castle), where they spent the afternoon playing loads of board games and playing in the castle grounds.
As F didn’t want to miss out, we booked for both of them to go a couple of days later. The woman seemed concerned that Lego Boy was doing the same thing again, but seemed placated when I said that he was helping his friend to understand what was going on.

The rest of half term week was spent pretty much as normal, although his yoga, theatre and art classes were cancelled. After a couple of weeks of not doing much ‘work’ we decided to do a couple of tasks each day, just to keep our hand in. Or something.

I guess I should probably start thinking about activities for the Easter holidays now…