How NOT to do The School Run

You might think that the trick of getting your child out the door and into school should be a relatively easy one right?

On the good days it can seem effortless to get everyone fed and dressed without too much whinging, out the door on time and deposited into school without any clinginess or crying. Then there are the more hellish weeks where everything goes wrong.


When I first started doing the school run a year and half ago, I found it really stressful and difficult because my eldest struggled with starting school. I wrote a post called Wine With Your School Run? Things have moved on. Alice has grown up a lot, she has changed schools without too much trouble, but on bad weeks, the school run can still be a nightmare. Here’s what went wrong for us this week:

1. The Alarm Did Not Go Off. I don’t usually set an alarm as I have an Eva that will come and wake me up anywhere between 6 and 6.30am. On Thursday she didn’t wake up until 7.20am – cue a big panic and mad rush to get ready.


2. Eldest Refused to get out of Bed. Despite begging and pleading, shouting and cajoling, Alice refused to get up and in the end I had to half drag her out where she then refused to get dressed. The problem other than tiredness was that school was “boring”.

3. Forgot to Make Packed Lunch for Youngest. Eva has to have a packed lunch every day that she goes to pre-school. I should know this by now. An efficient, organised mummy would have had this made the packed lunch the night before. My defence lies only on the fact that it was the end of the week, I was tired and I’d become engrossed with House of Cards Series 3 to bother making it and so had a mad rush to do it in the morning.


4. The Kids Do Not Listen. This is quite normal at the best of times, but for some reason in the mornings recently it’s like I don’t exist. I have to ask at least 10 times for them to get dressed and then end up shouting or “helping” them to get into their uniform.

5. Tantrums about clothes. In the midst of trying to get the pair of them dressed, the youngest will inevitably have a tantrum about what to wear or refuses to get dressed at all. Last week, exasperated after fighting to get some clothes on her, I sent her into pre-school in odd shoes at her insistence.


6. Forgot the Book Bag. Just as I’ve congratulated myself on getting everyone’s shoes on and out the door into the car, I remembered half-way down the road that I forgot to pick up the blasted book bag.


7. Kids are Fighting or “Too Busy” to get ready. Siblings! There’s been a lot of fighting between my two lately and they seem to choose their moment to carry out a lot of their scrapping in the morning. If they’re not tearing each other apart, then they suddenly find a lot to do. They choose 8am to go through their jewellery box or want to start colouring or empty their sock drawer to find a particular pair of socks.

8. They Don’t want to Leave You. Bizarrely even though I berate myself about the fact that I’ve been shouting at them to get ready for school or end up in a horrible showdown, they can still have moments of being a bit clingy about leaving me. The eldest is the worst for this and this week clung on to my leg proclaiming she wanted to come home with me.

9. Drank too Much Wine on Sunday Night. OK this is my bad. I started the week off the wrong way by having an extra glass of wine on Sunday night. I knew it would have repercussions and sure enough, when Monday rolled around, I was even more bleary-eyed than usual and not my normal efficient self. (Aherm).

Red Wine

Do you have any school run woes to add to my list?!



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18 thoughts on “How NOT to do The School Run

  1. Oh the stress of the school run! I’d like to say I was a pro at it now that mine are teens but alas no! I’m trying to get them to be organised of an evening – it helps to some degree but there is always that last minute form that was forgotten – always! #BigPinkLink


  2. Ha ha, I’m so glad I don’t have to do school runs anymore. I do help Dad though and we make a good team. I get them up and ready and he takes them to school, they’ve not been late since we started doing this whereas they used to be late all the time when I did it myself. So, maybe that’s the answer, get some help? Now, if only I could get the homework sorted too!


  3. Oh God Cheryl-this is exactly why I am NOT looking forward to starting the school run in September…! In my head, I already know that all of these things will happen to me every single day…! I know it’s going to be really stressful, and that my children will do absolutely nothing to make it less so! It makes me want to drown in Gin just thinking about it. My youngest has a nursery sensor already-the 5 days he isn’t at nursery, he will bouncing off the walls at 6am. The days we need to be at nursery for 8, he will be flat out at 7.45, and the grumpiest child ever when I wake him up! I think I need to think about homeschooling…!


    • I can’t lie Lucy, some days are fine, others are pure HELL! Organisation and not drinking too much wine is key but sometimes it all goes out the window. Bribery is the main way I cope (as with most things in motherhood right?). September I’ll have both at school so that will be errr… interesting. Hopefully youngest will be in the swing of wearing clothes all day by then. Until then, let’s drink gin!! X

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  4. Ahh so stressed just reading this! Today my baby didn’t wake up until half8 which meant it was a manic rush to get my 3 year old to pre school on time. Last week I forgot the book bag one day and the next forgot to pack spare clothes for Leo and he obviously chose that day to wet himself. I don’t blame you for drinking too much wine on a Sunday!xx #bigpinklink


  5. There have been so many times when I forgot a book/pe bag or something else that was needed for the day lol. I do not think there is such a thing as a “good” school run lol.


  6. Ha ha, her face in that picture says it all, priceless. Mornings are always a rush in this house. We can be doing brilliantly and be 20 minutes ahead of schedule (rare, but it has happened once or twice) then all of a sudden the last five minutes everyone decides to have a meltdown/need a poo/can’t find their shoes etc and we always end up having to make a mad dash for , which is a lot harder now the toddler insists on walking everywhere (at a snails pace) and I can’t strap her in the pushchair and run x


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