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?