The School Run {Ordinary Moments}

As a full time primary school teacher, I never thought I’d get to do the school run with my own children.  I always expected that I would miss dropping them off on their first day of school, going to assemblies or chatting with their teacher at the end of the day.  Whilst being a primary school teacher does have it’s benefits as a parent (no worries about childcare in the school holidays being a prime example) there are downsides too.

Life changes though and for one reason or another I haven’t missed anybody’s first day at school and more often than not I get to go to their assemblies too.  But I honestly don’t think I will ever tire of walking my kids to school.  Yes there are mornings where I’m tearing my hair out, rushing them through their breakfast, shouting at them about shoes and virtually dragging them out of the door to get to school on time or afternoons where I’m fed up of standing out in the cold waiting for Ben as he comes out of school last again or trying to get a very sad and whingy Chloe home through driving rain but these are moments I never thought I’d have.  And they are more than balanced out by the mornings where everyone gets ready without a fuss and we have a nice relaxed walk to school in the sunshine, or the nights where I get to chat to Chloe’s teacher about what a great day she’s had and wander home holding hands with my little ones.

The School Run {Ordinary Moments}

The School Run {Ordinary Moments}

The School Run {Ordinary Moments}

The School Run {Ordinary Moments}

For the last couple of years I’ve taught a couple of days a week which has meant I get to start and end my week on the school run but since September I’ve been working Fridays.  Working Fridays means we end our week tired and grumpy as I pile everyone into the car again for another early start.  Working Fridays means I always miss assembly.  And mostly, working Fridays means I miss that lovely walk home from school via the shop for a “Friday Treat”.

At half term I’m going to stop teaching on Fridays and concentrate on my freelance work at home.  Obviously I’m looking forward to a few hours to work in peace but more than that, I’m looking forward to getting back that Friday school run and the extra time with my babies.

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  1. January 29, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Totally relate to this. Working part-time means I can do the school run on a couple of days a week and I love it! Holding a little hand and talking about the day ahead or the day that happened always cancels out the general madness that precedes it. It is lovely to read a post that actually celebrates the school run 🙂

  2. January 29, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Oh that’s so exciting! How wonderful that the freelance is enough that you can get back to the balance that you love – I’m thrilled for you 🙂

  3. January 29, 2017 / 9:35 am

    I work 830-430 4 days a week and was so worried I would miss the school run in September, it sounds so trivial doesn’t it? I’ve been reliably informed I might be able to be flexible with working times come the end of the year that I’ll be able to do a proportion of the school run. Congratulations on lowering your Fridays x #TheOrdinaryMoments

  4. January 29, 2017 / 10:11 am

    It’s funny what you miss isn’t it? The school run drives me crackers with the girls always wanting to run off but come September I’ll be dropping them off too. Friday treat day is the best and I’m glad you’re going to be back doing it soon x

  5. January 29, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    That’s fab! So glad you are getting your fridays back, friday after school treats sound like a lovely tradition that I might have to borrow 🙂 #theordinarymoments

  6. January 29, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Ahh that’s so lovely Colette. I wish I could walk my kids to school but for us it’s way too far and impossible. I often had visions of sunny mornings walking and chatting to them on the way to or from school and sadly it didn’t turn out that way. I think it’s such a precious moment to capture for sure. I am glad you get those Fridays back soon too. #ordinarymoments

  7. January 29, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Whilst I moan about the school run a lot, I will always be grateful that it’s me that gets to drop off and pick Alice up. Those precious moments afterwards to squeeze as much information out of them as you can before they get home and forget everything. I’m so pleased you are getting your Fridays back x #theordinarymoments

  8. January 29, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This is lovely. I have always been able to do all school runs and I do feel very lucky, but I definitely have a love/hate relationship with it! It’s nice to be reminded what a privilege it really is xx

  9. January 31, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I love this post Colette. I feel so incredibly lucky that I get to take the children to school, pick them up and do all that other stuff too. So many parents don’t get the chance and I will never take it for granted. You have some gorgeous photos there too x

    • Colette
      Author
      February 1, 2017 / 9:49 am

      It’s a really precious time isn’t it – so special, yet so ordinary.

  10. January 31, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Aw this is so cute Colette, look at the three of them walking together. Such lovely photos. I know exactly what you mean, I was bizarrely just saying to Jon yesterday that I feel so grateful that I get to take mine to and from school each day. Although we have to drive and sometimes I wish we could walk! xx

    • Colette
      Author
      February 1, 2017 / 9:49 am

      There are definitely days where I’d rather not walk but for the most part I’m really glad we get to do it – it’s often the only exercise I get 😉

  11. February 1, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Oh goodness, I’m another one who was only recently telling my husband how grateful I am that I can do the school run, although I do very much have a love/hate relationship with it (largely because I resent the fact I have to drive due to my back while everyone else is able to walk it) I definitely appreciate that there are many people who don’t ever get to do them.

  12. February 2, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Lovely photos – we have to drive to school as we are in the next town, but I always used to park a bit away and then we would walk or ride scooters. When Ollie’s preschool shut last year and he had to go to one in the next village I was gutted we wouldn’t get our daily walks to school in anymore – I really miss them. I love being at home with mine so I am always able to take them and pick them up – I know I am so lucky. #theordinarymoments

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