The School Run.
If you have children, we’ve all been there haven’t we? Those hellish walks to and from school, where by the skin of your teeth you have gotten your children washed, fed, dressed, and up and out of the door. With you literally grabbing a last-minute piece of toast and pulling your fingers through your hair, to at least look partly presentable. Alternatively at the end of the day you are presented with a child at a stage we all know as ‘near meltdown’, tired and irritable after being an veritable angel at school all day. Sound all too familiar?
Well I thought after 7 long years of (very long) school runs, I would write my definitive guide to the absolutely perfect school run!
Whether it is lunches, uniform, homework or reply slips. It is so important to be prepared. For the sake of your own sanity, do it all the night before. As an absolute emergency measure, get up with the lark and creep down stairs, without disturbing the smaller sleeping ones to do it all. Good luck with the second option!
So you are eventually out of the door…
4. Pit stop
Plan a pit stop. Sometimes, a diversion can actually get you to your destination quicker, this is especially helpful on the return journey. A game of Simon Says…with a triumphant final round. ”Simon says lets get home as quickly as possible”…I think you get the picture! 😉
Whether it’s the morning, or the afternoon please bring a snack. Bananas are perfect, as they can be peeled and munched on the move, and eaten quickly. Do not be lulled into thinking sweets are a good option. Believe me, I have tried this, and it is only a very short-term solution. Tired irritable children, together with sugar is a recipe for disaster!
2. A huge sense of humour!
1. A Micro Scooter
If I had to recommend just one of these steps to you, it would be this last and in first place in my eyes, step.
Invest in a Micro Scooter. Whatever your child’s age, there is the perfect type of scooter on the site. They are extremely safe and sturdy to ride on for children. I have thoroughly tested the Maxi Micro out, on my journey to school. I may have brought my dog** and let him pull me on our journey.
**Please note this is not a method advised by Micro Scooter, and may involve people stopping, pointing, laughing and even shouting ”Mush!”.
Both of my girls have used scooters on our school run, and it shaves a full 10 minutes off the journey each way. Believe me, those precious few minutes really can be the difference between school run hell, and the perfect harmonious scooting trip.
It’s also great exercise, and helps tire them out and expel a little energy. As they are moving faster, they can see the progress, that they are making far easier too.
If like me you have children at different ages, and they therefore walk at different paces, this can lead to arguments. Bringing a scooter makes it feel more like a game, as they keep up with one another.
It encourages more independence and with a little coaching, road awareness. This is something I am really hot on as a parent who doesn’t drive. It also means that if you want to nip to the park on the way home or to a friends it is easier to explore and go for an adventure.
So there you have it, my guide to the perfect school run. You’re welcome!
Micro scooter did gift me a new Limited edition Coral Maxi Micro Scooter (£109.95) for use on my school run, and it has saved my sanity. Thank you!