The Oxford dictionary describes Groundhog Day as a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way.
As a stay-at-home mother of three preschoolers, I feel like I am suffering from Groundhog Day Syndrome. Never before have I endured such repetition in my daily life. Admittedly, in my former (working) life, I started each day the same way. I would turn on my computer, make a coffee and chat to my colleagues whilst my emails loaded. For years I followed this predictable routine and it never struck me as boring. Four years on it almost seems exciting!
One thing I have learnt since becoming a mother is that children thrive on routine and repetition. Play School’s endurance of 25 years is a perfect example of this. Kids love the predictability of this show. Imagine the outcry if one day the round window was replaced with a hexagon? Kids like knowing what’s coming next. The problem is that their desire for routine is often at odds with our need for change and variety.