But if you have lots of different varieties of children – just getting them all to school on time can be a challenge…
When your children are young you often hear people say ‘it will get easier as they get older’. And, in some ways it does. You get a full night sleep (unless you are up waiting to hear your eldest come home safely from a party) or one of them sneaks in for a (now rather delicious, but luckily very occasional) midnight cuddle. But other things get more tricky. Schedules get full with afterschool clubs, football, dancing, music, swimming club at the weekend, homework, reading and packed lunches to make. And things constantly change as the children move up through the school years.
If you have a lovely big brood of children, how are you going to get them all to school this year – has one of them started a new school?
Perhaps your child isn’t moving school. It could still be worth thinking about whether there is an easier way to get them to school.
Or, maybe your child is just starting school and you are juggling drop-offs with work or nursery for the little one.
We suggest walking, scootering or cycling to school if at all possible as it takes away the uncertainty of the school run traffic and the fight for parking spaces at the school. Research shows that when people commute to work – the most stressful factor is they have no control over the time the journey will take from day to day – so they can’t habituate to it.
The Sustrans Charity is a great resource for identifying a safe route from home to school – just put in your postcode and find the routes marked in green around your area. Wear a helmet and bright jacket.
If you need to be in two places at once, or just want to share the school run load, can you find a family to set up a reciprocal arrangement with? The Parent Map on Classlist helps you connect with parents at your school that live nearby. There may even be someone that you can share the afterschool club juggle with too.