The school run

My eldest started school 10 years ago. And in 10 years, we have never once driven to school. Our primary school is just down the road – it is so close that people park near our house to get there. We have never had any need to drive. And I’m so relieved about that. Because people lose their brains when they drive near a school – got to park as close as possible, got to drop off as quickly as possible… My prince or princess is so much more important than yours. Sod the other kids while I just park on the zigzags and open my doors without looking…

Sorry, I digress. But I really, really dislike parking and driving near a school.

But everything has to change eventually. We’ve had 10 lovely, relaxing years of walking to and from school. And now we have a school run. A real one. In a car.

My eldest gets the bus to school, but the bus for my younger son is about three quarters of a mile away and, taking into account how expensive it is and that the school itself is only two and a half miles away, I have decided to drive!

My son’s school starts five minutes before the primary school and finishes 15 minutes later. My plan is still to take my car nowhere near the primary school and the people without the brains. Because I want my daughter and I to come out alive. So I will be driving my son to school, then parking at home and walking to school with my daughter as we’ve always done. At the end of the school day, we will walk home (maybe jog a little bit), jump in the car and go to pick up my son.

I’m grateful to my friend for showing me a quick way to the school. It’s down residential streets and is a bit narrow, but it avoids the rush hour tailbacks on the main road. If the traffic lights are on our side we can get to my son’s school in about five minutes.

Now we just need to work out the optimum departure time for the morning school run. So far we’ve been a bit early, but I wonder if we push it back five or 10 minutes, whether it will make us 15 or 20 minutes later. Which wouldn’t be good for getting my daughter to school.

The kids aren’t too happy at getting up half an hour earlier, especially as this will last for the rest of their school career, it’s not just a temporary thing just while my daughter is at primary school. But I think we can cope. Our school run is shorter and easier than many people’s, but it’s still a shock to the system to a family that has always walked and always left the house after 8.30pm.

What’s your school run like? Did it get harder or easier when your kids went to secondary school?

School run, School, Driving

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I drive to school purely as we would never get there on time, my youngest isn’t a quick walker and well neither am I. Lucky enough I work at that school to so it works out best when I have to attend meetings/training if I go in the car. As for my eldest the highschool is one 10min from our house so so walks there and back.

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    • It makes sense to drive as you work at the school. It’s great that your eldest can walk to the secondary school so easily.

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  2. Oh don’t get me started about some of the people on the school run. I have been driving to and from school for 9 (long) years now. We live about a 45 minute walk to the primary school, so driving has always been the number 1 option. I could literally write a book about the idiots I have seen over the years. Whilst we are very lucky to have a car park, the amount of people who still insist on parking near the crossing astounds me. I am proud to say that over the years I have been a sensible mum on the school run. I don’t drive into the car park at break neck speed, I get there early to secure a space in the car park (hello social media time) and I have never had a bump (amazing how many I have seen in the past 9 years). Thankfully our high school is less than 5 minutes away, so I am literally counting down the school runs I have left (less than 2 years now whoop). It sounds as if you have it all planned out Sarah and good luck xx

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    • Thanks very much! It’s going pretty well so far, but the narrow roads and fears of not finding a space do still stress me out a bit! The way some people drive and park is quite ridiculous, but it sounds like you’ve got it sussed. It will be great when the kids are both walking to school 🙂

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  3. It’s the first time I’ve noticed people losing their brains when they drop their kids off. Zs school has a car park for parents but there’s only about 20 spaces so you have to be reeeeally early or a complete daredevil. And people go nuts parking all over the show or “just nipping” in whilst blocking some poor sod into his space! I think I’m slowly learning where I can park on the streets now but it’s probably going to take a few more days.

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    • I can just imagine it! I think every school is the same. People really do lose their minds and only think of themselves. Good luck with getting the hang of it all!

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  4. This sounds like us in about6-8 years time. We live close to the primary school and like you have others parking outside our house. The road we walk through to get to school can be so dangerous by the other parents driving with not much care. I’m trying to even have to think about the car school run until I need too!

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    • Probably best not to think about it just yet! The way people park and drive near schools is ridiculous!

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  5. EEK! I am a school run Mum now. Luckily we can walk there at the mo but I do know for sure when they go to secondary there will have to be some sort of drive somewhere. I find mornings a real stress! x

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    • Good luck with it! Walking is definitely the best way and mornings are definitely stressful!

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  6. Parking run here can be an utter nightmare, I am glad my son can work to school

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  7. They would hate living here then – my husband makes them leave at 7.45am if they want a lift! The school run is one of my most hated parts of the day but we divide it up between us so it’s not so bad. x

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    • It’s nice that you get to share it. Since I finished work it’s been totally my job. I quite like it really, but the drive does make it a bit more of a hassle!

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  8. People who drive when they don’t have to really annoys me. Parking on the path, reversing without looking – when there’s KIDS about – grrr. Yes when my oldest started school I had to drive over 26 miles to get him to school and back to the primary to drop my next soon off. Now the oldest is off to Uni, and the next one gets the bus – the youngest two takes just under an hour (because of the gaps in finishing times) to talk round and pick them up.

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    • Wow, you used to have a really long drive! I’m lucky that my drive is short. It must be nice that your second son gets the bus and you can just concentrate on the younger ones.

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