School to holiday transition period
This is the point at which you start to freak out and wonder how on earth you are going to survive the next six weeks. Christmas at least breaks it up - there's the promise of new toys to distract for a few hours and hopefully some relatives to entertain the kids. But past that, well, that's just a scary void.
Let me reassure you that it does get better. Which is why I call it a transition. The kids need to readjust to being with you and their siblings all day. They also have to detox after the endless parties and picnic days and sausage sizzles to celebrate the end of year school stuff.
And then after six weeks you have to remember how to get everyone fed and watered to get out the door to school!