Three weeks back into the school run and have you settled back into it yet? I haven’t, that Monday morning wake up is a tough one. However the kids are happy with their new teachers and we haven’t lost anything yet!
I’ve been doing a school run constantly for 10 years now, so I’ve had quite a lot of practice and yes we maybe walking rather quick on some days to get there on time but we’ve never been as late that the gate is shut and we’ve had to sign in! So I think I am doing alright! So I wanted to give you some tips on making the school run go smoothly from my experiences.
How To Make The School Run Go Smoothly
It really does start the night before!
- Get lunchboxes filled and packed ready to go in fridge so they can just grab it.
- Have snacks prepared in little pots
- Water bottles all washed ready to be filled.
- Make sure their bags are packed with homework, PE kits, diaries and library books.
- Have uniform hung ready to put on, I made these little hooks for them to put their next days clothes on
First Thing In The Morning
- Get them dressed before they go downstairs
- My girls have asthma so they need all their inhalers, so take medication etc first thing
- First thing they do when the come down is pack their lunchboxes and water bottles into bags
- Breakfast and drinks
- Then they are allowed to watch some TV. They have a time that the telly turns off, they know now it’s time to get ready. This allows them to let their breakfast settle and they feel like they’ve done something they wanted to do too.
- Once it’s time they turn the TV off and do the last bit of brushing their teeth and a wee.
Time To Walk Out The Door
- We have all the coats, shoes and bags ready and right by the door. This way they come straight down the stairs and because everything is ready they don’t need to go anywhere and get distracted but out the door!
- We have a clock right by the front door and we have a time that we must leave by, so I can easily shout ‘look at the time!’ when their worrying about which set of Lego cards they need to bring today!
Getting To School
- Get them to carry their own bags to school too. It is good for them to build up strength but you also then won’t walk off with it still on your back (like I have done before!)
- Figure out your timing if your either walking or driving. Allow time for parking space hunting, traffic and slow little legs!
- If your driving consider parking further away from the school. This way the children can stretch their legs, get some fresh air first thing and it saves the school area getting filled up with cars too.
- Be aware of the busy roads around school. People are so busy rushing around or trying to find a car parking space, I have seen some very dangerous and inconsiderate driving around the school. We are also considering a dash cam for our car to protect ourselves and others. Aviva offer an easy to use dash cam by installing their app on your smartphone. Which can then generate a score which can help reduce our car insurance too.
- When they come out check they have everything to save another trip back!
- If home isn’t that close or they are a little grumpy when they come out, bring a snack along with you. That will cheer them up and keep that hungry belly at bay.
- When they come in the house, get them in the routine of emptying their own bags. Mine have to bring their lunchboxes and water bottles to the kitchen so I can wash them. Also they will spot any letters they have been given that day too!
I hope they helped, please do let me know if you have any other tips to make the school run go smoothly