Emily Durrett chair of the parents group at a kids school based in NC, US

What does Sunday mean to you?

Sundays in our home are a bit of a balancing act between my wants and needs. I want to have a day to recharge and spend time with family, but I also need to prepare for the week ahead. I’m always trying to be cognizant of how the children are feeling (do they need recharging via someone on one time, or do they seem raring to go for the next week?) and build a day for us that will support them however they need and at the same time build in time for me to get things done.

Your children Piper and Hollis have just started going to school again. They probably value Sundays much more now since it's the only day all of you can spend time together. What are they doing on Sundays?

Sundays are the days that I let them lead the way, in as much as I can. They play outside, get messy, ride their bikes, paint, and read books. I also try and involve them in what I’m doing as well. Hollis helps me fold wash cloths out of the dryer and Piper loves to dust. They hold the dustpan while I sweep the floors. It’s sweet.

I read that you have a specific plan that you have to accomplish through the weekend. Is it the same list every time or do you change it each weekend? Who is the author of this list?

It changes depending on the weekend, but a lot of the same tasks pop up every week. You may have heard the old saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” It’s one of those things I love to hate (and also hate to love) because it’s so true! I find that line running through my mind often on Sundays. The usual tasks include at least one load of laundry, sweeping and mopping the floors, vacuuming the carpets, wiping down the bathrooms, and making sure I have enough food prepped for Piper’s lunches for the coming week. It may include other things, like cleaning out the refrigerator or wiping down the appliances. At the end of the day, I like to be able to look around and feel like we’re getting a good fresh start to our week! It doesn’t always happen, but it feels a bit magical when it does.

Photography: Emily Durrett @thistleandfig, Sara @sara_kate24 (3)