My children are my whole world; I have never been happier than I am now that I have little ones to look after. However, as I’m sure you will agree if you are a mummy yourself, parenting isn’t the easiest job. In fact, it’s one of the hardest.
Obviously, being a parent is more than worth the time and effort that you put into it, but that doesn’t make it any easier. For me, one area that I used to struggle with was the dreaded school run. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t seem to get out of the door on time.
To combat this, I decided to mix things up a bit, and work out a way to ensure that I would get out of the door on time, every day. In case you are also struggling with this, I thought that I would share my top tips for school run success with you, here:
Shower the night before
Instead of trying to squeeze a shower into the morning, along with everything else, shower the night before. This is especially important if you plan on washing your hair, as this can shave valuable minutes off of the time it takes to get ready.
If you do have to shower in the morning, set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier than you normally would do.
Lay out clothes the night before
To make the morning rush a little easier, lay out yours’ and your kids’ clothes before going to bed. That way, when you get up, you don’t need to stress about working out what everyone is going to be wearing.
Perfect doing your hair and makeup in five minutes
Yes, when it comes to the school run, our aim is to get out the door on time. However, if you are anything like me, you won’t feel comfortable leaving the house unless you look at least half presentable.
The key to this is learning to do your hair and makeup in the record time of five minutes. It might sound impossible, but it’s not. Aging worries me just as much as the next person, but I’ll save figuring out how to treat sagging jowls for the weekends. Otherwise I’d never make it out of the house. If your hair is hard to manage, when you next go to the hairdressers, ask your stylist to give you an easy-to-do hairstyle. Explain that you want something that just needs to be quickly brushed to look good.
Wear a watch
This is a tip that a friend mentioned to me, as she found wearing a watch incredibly useful. When you are rushing to get out the door, it’s all about how much time you have. If you aren’t wearing a watch, you have to keep checking your phone for the time, and often, this leads to you getting distracted.
Plus, as I mentioned above, even when I leave the house for the school run, I like to look presentable. I find that when I am sporting a stylish watch, I feel a lot more put together.
If you don’t already have a watch, consider investing in one. Trust me, when it comes to the school run, a watch is a godsend. Have a look at the Shinola watches for women, to get an idea of the type of watch design that you would like.
Make breakfast easy
The most difficult part of getting the kids ready for school is often breakfast, especially when they can’t decide what they want. To make getting them fed and watered in time less stressful, look for easy breakfast options.
Things like fresh fruit smoothies, porridge, and bacon sandwiches are all easy options, as they can be eaten quickly. I find that for some reason, it always takes my little ones a lot longer to eat cereal, than other breakfast foods.
Being a mum isn’t easy, but there are things that you can do to make life simpler for yourself. If you want to make the school run a little less stressful, all you need to do is follow my tips and advice, above.