10 Reasons Why Being A ‘School Run Mum’ Sucks!

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You have to be ORGANISED!

This is something that I am most definitely not, in any way, shape or form. Yes, I am THAT mother, the one running up to the school gates with my slippers still on, kids in tow eating their breakfast,  just as the second bell has sounded.

Early mornings

Now, this is fine if you are a morning person but if you’re not then it’s a nightmare and couple that with point 1 and you have a recipe for disaster. Hence the slippers!

You are constantly clock watching

and 3.30 comes around a lot faster than you think.

You have to deal with the ‘playground politics’

Now I’m not talking about the kids here, I’m talking about the parents. Who knew that it matters where you stand in the playground, who you speak to and what you are wearing. What a load of tosh!

Uniform costs a small fortune!

Being an avid charity shopper this one really hit me hard. How much do you want me to pay for a winter cap that he will never wear and probably lose within the first week! What really got me about this one is that you have no other option, you have to buy the logo uniform from the school, no bargain charity shopping for this one.

They lose things!

On the first day, mine managed to come home minus a jumper and his water bottle. See point 5.

You are fresh meat

and become a prime target for getting roped into PTA’s/bake sales/organising fetes etc. As if you haven’t already got enough to think about.

You suddenly have a new job description… Taxi driver

Your child’s social diary has suddenly gone up a notch or two. You will now spend almost every weekend taking your child to some form of event, whether it be a birthday party or a new found love of a sport that will probably only last until you buy all of the equipment for it,  which is when they will then subsequently decide that they are no longer into that anymore but something else entirely.

You have to be polite

You are going to see the same people every day, twice a day for the foreseeable future and you have to smile and be polite every day. Even when you feel like poo.

You have to do it all twice a day, every weekday!

Enough said!


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19 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Being A ‘School Run Mum’ Sucks!”

  1. OH MY GOD. This is every single thing I am thinking and dreading about the school run. I just don’t want to do it! I don’t want to conform and have to see the same people every day. I feel like our family is being institutionalised and it definitely does properly SUCK!

    1. It is quite a shock to the system, think it may get better once we get into some kind of a routine. Perhaps homeschooling would be a good option for you?

  2. Helen Sims The good life mum

    Great post i have a wonderful friend who i love to the moon and back who does this run for me so i can stay home try and catch up on the sleep deprivation and cuddle the baby.

  3. All so true! in the UK we left at 8.50, crossed the road and we were there… now we have to leave the house at 7.50 for an 8.05 line up… the first few months just about killed me – then the snow came and I wanted to cry every morning 🙂 And, as you say – it’s EVERY day!! #PoCoLo

  4. Loved reading this. I work FT and shift work so my Dad helps out a LOT with the school run. I know this can be so hectic and your comments out the playground posse (parents) are very true. L has only been at school just over a week and I’ve already clocked the playground mafia!!!! popping over from #PoCoLo

    1. It’s great that your Dad helps out 🙂 Mine has only been there a week so far as well, I have no idea how I’m going to do it everyday for the foreseeable future :-/

    1. That should help, at least you don’t have to worry about parking and getting the kids in the car etc. It will come around really fast though 😉

  5. Sooo true, well put! I’ve worked out that once Daisy, (baby number 3) is able to walk to school on her own (in about 10 years time), I will have done the school run for approximately 16 years. 16 years of feeling everything on your list above – eeek! I get a break from it in a couple of years when no.2 son walks on his own and Daisy is still at nursery. Can’t wait! (can you hear the frazzled tone in my voice?)

    1. Wow 16 years! That’s a long time to be doing the school run. At least you will get a short break in the middle. :-/ and yes I can hear your frazzled tone lol

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