For many parents getting up in the morning isn’t only about getting their children ready for the school day, but also for getting themselves ready for a full day of work. As a result there are parents across the country who are up in the early hours of the morning making sure they’ve got everything they need for the day ready before they even think about helping their children.
Getting children ready for school is an entirely different matter altogether. Children never want to get up out of bed, and they need more sleep than adults as they’re growing all the time, but for school they need to be up in time to work with mum or dad’s morning. Children need to be washed, clothed and fed before parents even think about checking their school bag for the day, putting in the books they need and taking out what they don’t.
Once parents have mastered the art of coping with all of this every morning, they need to master driving to school and dropping the children off before driving on to work or back home. For parents who don’t work, school runs are a lot easier, as a lot of stuff for the next day can be prepared the day before, such as lunches and school bags. For parents who work there is precious little time in the evenings to prepare anything for the next school day, as parents also want to spend time with their children, not only doing things for them.
New parents don’t need to learn to adjust their mornings to the school run for a while, but learning to cope with having it in a morning is a hard process. Firstly parents need to learn to get up in the morning much earlier to be up before their children. Then parents need to learn what their children need and make sure they can manage it all before they need to leave to go to school.
To help them adjust to needing to do the school run, some parents offer to do the school run for other parents before their children go to school. This helps them to adjust to the early mornings, and also gets their own children into the routine of getting up early and being ready for going out in the mornings. This helps parents to realise exactly what they need to be doing when their children start going to school, and it also helps other parents by taking away the need for them to drive their children to school, as well as saving money on petrol.