What is your school run like? I have four kids and three schools to visit on mine. Let’s just say it’s like a military operation because I also have to build in a trip to the tram stop for Neil as well. Some day it’s like I’ve done a full day’s work before I even get to my destination. It amazes me and annoys me when I see mum-‘s in the playground that look like they have just stepped out of a beauty salon. How the hell do they do it?
Now the twins have started reception class this year we have cheated a little and use a breakfast club to make things a little easier. It has allowed me time to at least look presentable and make sure we have all the kids and belongings before leaving the house. Yes, we did forget Jack one day when he was taking forever, I thought he was in the boot and set off. I quickly stopped when the twins started screaming at me.
Once I’ve got all the kids and Neil in the car, the drop offs are now quite easy. We drop the twins to peelers breakfast club, Neil to tram stop then drive miles away for Kaitlin and Jack. We moved house but didn’t change schools so now have a five mile drive for school. The safest way to get to school is walking and the twins school is five minutes away by foot so when we can, we always leave the car at home.
Mornings are fine at all three schools as we miss most of the mad Mum dash but pick up times are horrendous. I have never seen anything like it at the twins school. Parents just dump their cars, no consideration for others or child safety. Some days I wish I had a dash cam because everyday I have a near miss either someone nearly hitting me or parents not controlling their children. This week just another classic example a little girl ran in front of my car. Luckily I was paying attention whilst her mum was having a school gate gossip. It really does annoy me.
What I have recently discovered though is that Aviva car insurance has brought out an app which has a free dash cam camera. The app looks great on first glance and you can also save on your car insurance if you score well in the safe driver test. I will be looking into this further because three weeks in and it’s driving me crazy. I’m a nervous wreck when leaving school but also in a rush myself to get to Kaitlin and Jack. Having that peace of mind that should anything happen I have it recorded makes me feel better.
Tips to help with the school run:
Try to arrive a few minutes earlier allowing you time to get the little ones in the pram without squeezing in the world’s smallest space. This made sure we were always safe and in the winter I was able to park right outside Jack’s school and would just watch him go in the gate from the car. Saved getting two babies in and out of the car. School we’re also very understanding and a teacher would bring him to me after school so I didn’t have to get the babies out in the cold especially when they were poorly. Worth a conversation with school if you are struggling. I didn’t do this everyday but just the days I needed it.
We are now using a breakfast club for the twins which eliminates the breakfast chaos. The twins grab cereals, toast or fruit at peelers and we just have Jack to sort now in the morning.
Be considerate when parking, silly parking can put children in danger. Those big yellow zig zags are there for a reason.
Try and get ready to leave ten minutes before you actually need to. Worst case is, like us, you’re sat at school for ten minutes and can squeeze some reading or spelling practice in. This means you have a buffer on those days you might need it.
Slow down, remember be safe not fast. Rushing people who are not concentrating properly cause accidents.
Try to organise and pack as much as you can the night before as far as putting stuff in the car. There have been too many days I’ve forgotten something important through rushing.
** This post has been created in collaboration with Aviva Insurance. All content is my own.