Doing the school runs can be one hell of a stressful time – even though it shouldn’t be – it just is. But there are many ways you can prevent it from being a nightmare, and instead, make it an enjoyable time.
The most important thing is to start the morning off right. To have an easier morning, you will want to prepare things the night before. This means getting the clothes out ready, lunchbox packed, and school books in the bags. That way everything is ready to go in the morning, and you don’t have to worry if you’ve forgotten anything in a moment of panic.
Don’t do this for your children though – teach them how to do it. This way they’ll learn the importance of thinking ahead and being organized.
Having a bit of alone time before you get moving in the morning can set how the day is going to go. If you get up straight away and deal with getting the kids ready, you’re just going to feel stressed and overwhelmed. So make a conscious effort to give yourself 20 minutes every morning before your children are up, so you have time for a nice cup of tea before the noise starts.
Before the alarm
When you wake your kids up in the morning, do so a few minutes earlier, because children are prone to falling back asleep as soon as you walk out of the room. You may think they’re in the bathroom brushing their teeth – when they’re still snoring in bed. So if you wake them up earlier, you will still be ahead of time even if you have the wake the up again.
Have a practice run
It’s an excellent idea to go on a trial run from your home to the school, so you have an idea of how long it takes you to get there. That way you will know when you need to leave the house by. You should also learn an alternative route too just in case your road ever gets blocked, or if there’s too much traffic.
Not only will planning in advance keep you on time and make things a lot easier, but it will stop you from rushing, and this is critical because speeding down the road in your Mazda 3 just shouldn’t be done, especially with your children in the car. It’s illegal, and most importantly it’s very dangerous, and taking the risk just isn’t worth it. Let alone the embarrassment of getting stopped!
Make it fun
Now you know the basics, why not make it fun? Once you’re in the car and everyone has their things with them – everyone’s eaten breakfast and are ready for the day – put the radio on, or your kid’s favorite music and have a sing-along, be silly and laugh together. This won’t just benefit you; it will also put your children in a happy mood before they walk through those intimidating school doors.