I’m awful at the school run. The Boy and Girl get up at 6:20, and we live almost next door to the school. Yet I still can’t do it. In reception I put this down to the stress of getting a new-born baby ready, as well as helping The Boy, and breast feeding constantly, not to mention the 20 nappies that could need changing before 8:30. It’s year one now, The Boy is considerably better at getting himself ready, I no longer breast feed, and at 11 months old her days of being mummy’s excuse are running out. Yet still, we end up in a mad last 10 minute rush to get everyone out of the door on time, the more stressed I get, the naughtier The Boy gets, the more stressed I get, the naughtier The Boy gets, and so on.
I’m about to give you some advice on how to manage it without killing anyone. Now I know you’ve just read about how awful I am, but you don’t need to be good at something to teach other people, give me a chance…and if you’ve got any tips that might help, please do drop me a comment.
- Preparation is key! Get everyone’s clothes out and ready the night before.
- Know where your keys are! I actually had to phone Hunky Husband one day, he’d locked up when he went to work, and my keys had been eaten by the key monster, we were trapped.
- Have any school things ready, book bag, PE kit, check the night before to see if anything different is needed and sort it. Leave all these by the door, with coats and shoes.
- Be prepared for any unexpected weather changes, have sun cream and/or hats and scarves ready, or at least know where they are.
- If possible keep everything that’s going to be needed low down, The Boy quite happily gets his own cereal and bits ready in the morning if I’m dealing with The Girl.
- Breakfast first, then wash and teeth, then get dressed. This avoids turning up to school, with what when you left home seemed to just be a splash of water, but has now dried into a giant toothpaste stain all over the nice clean school jumper.
- No TV until they are completely dressed. Why on Earth can they not manage to put socks on if the TV is on?!
- If there’s a baby, change the nappy an hour before you’re due to leave. Then when the inevitable happens, and it poos in the nice clean nappy, you will have plenty of time to change it again.
- Keep emergency breakfast bars in, in case it all goes wrong.
- Again if there’s a baby, invest in a sling or carrier. I don’t wear The Girl a lot, but it’s been so helpful for school runs, there’s not much room in the classroom when everyone’s running around to get things ready, and he has to go to a million sections, to find his indoor shoes, hang his coat, change his books, choose his dinner, do his morning work. Free hands to help are always great.
Run it with a military style precision, don’t stress, keep calm. Don’t forget to have breakfast, and you know, shower, yourself and the only problem will be turning up early and having to talk to people