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.
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.