Hands up if you missed the school run over the summer…
I don’t think anyone could claim to miss the morning chaos that ensues when you’re trying to get the kids out the door and off to school on time. Even though it’s a routine that has to happen every weekday morning, it’s still tricky to keep everything on track, especially when your kids come up with the most bizarre excuses as to why they’re taking so long. Here are some ways to make things less stressful on the school run.
Most of us already give our kids a bath or shower in the evening, I can’t imagine trying to manage bath-time on a busy morning. However, brushing their teeth can still take time, especially when they’re little. Put their toothbrushes and toothpaste in the downstairs bathroom, so they’re close by, and they can do them straight after breakfast. It will save valuable time and you can keep an eye that they’re doing it properly while still being able to get other things done.
Have you ever noticed how organised it is when you drop your kids to pre-school and their teacher tells them to put their bags and coats in their cubby? What’s stopping you from setting up something similar? It’s so frustrating when you get home and everything is left in the hallway, but if you don’t have a dedicated area, then the kids simply don’t know where to put everything. A named hook for their school coat which is in easy reach and a simple kids storage unit for their bag and schoolbooks could make life much easier for everyone!
It's Raining, It’s Pouring
As we enter rainy season, it’s time to make sure that you have the right outerwear to suit the weather outside. The last thing you want is to look outside and realise your kids need their wellies and they’re nowhere to be found. It won’t be long before Jack Frost is making an appearance too. Allocate some time on the weekend to make sure you have hats, gloves, scarves and boots for everyone and then you have the fun task of labelling everything. Cold weather, we’re ready for you!
Make The Most Of It!
Once you’ve set off for school, don’t forget to enjoy the one-on-one time you get on the journey. Find a favourite radio station and have a go at the morning quiz, listen and sing along to your favourite album or ask them if they have anything exciting happening during class. Before long they’ll be teenagers who head off to school on their own and believe it or not, you’ll actually miss dropping them off!