Ah the school run…
So we’re back into ‘school’ mode now (or at least we are in the UK). And how are you coping?
Love it or hate it, it’s a necessity with young children. And whether it’s going well or not, there will inevitably be a time when it all comes apart at the seams. So here are my top 5 tips for a smoother school run! I say ‘smoother’ because no school run is perfect… unless you know the secret, the holy grail. In which case, do share! For now, here are those tips:
Write out a list and order each step the night before each school day. Or keep the same one if your routine never changes. In that list have things like: take bread out of freezer for sandwiches (It’s very hard to fold/cut frozen bread neatly – I’ve tried!); Trust me, if you’ve got your bread out of the freezer for packed lunches, your pre-breakfast routine will go so much better!
Try to have a shower before everyone gets up (or at least the kids). It’ll make you feel ahead of the game and therefore make you feel more organised! And if you feel it, you’re half way there…
Make a note
Note down extras to be taken the next day (violin, P.E kit, reading book, reading record, and the list goes on!) and put the list somewhere obvious like the front of the fridge. Definitely nowhere that curious toddlers or cheeky dogs can get it! For older children, ask them to write the list. Even better, ask them to refer to it the next day so they get used to the responsibility. Although I totally get that it’s sometimes just easier and quicker to do it yourself… Of course, you could be ultra organised and get everything ready the night before so that you don’t need a list.
Breakfast at night time
Get the breakfast things ready the night before. Whether that means physically laying the table or simply putting the cereal boxes on the kitchen side with bowls and spoons. It all helps!
The rogue sock
Lay uniform out the night before. Okay so they know what they’re wearing but you leave in 10 minutes, there’s a sock missing and the one in the linen basket has been nestled up to a wet towel all night. For the sake of everyone’s sanity (mainly your own), laying uniform out the night before is a sure fire way of checking that all uniform is present and correct!
If it all goes to chaos, just remember to breathe and remind yourself you’re not the only one and you’re only human…
Have you got any tips to add? Or even funnies about the school run that wasn’t fun?! (see what I did there?…) I’d love to know. Tell me by commenting below or tweet me @AllSortsHere