The kids have finally gone back to school. With children at home for such a long time this year, some parents may have felt conflicted, looking forward to some respite from constantly entertaining youngsters, but also feeling emotional after such a long period of closeness.
One thing we’ve definitely not missed though – the school run!
Whether it was a parking mishap which scarred you for life or a little one left at home (oops!), we caught up with some of our favourite parent bloggers to hear their memorable moments from the school run in years gone by.
So, grab a cuppa and get ready for a giggle.
An easy mistake: don’t be caught out by inset days!
Jo Middleton is the self-proclaimed creator of “quite probably the best mummy blog in the TA1 postal code area”, Slummy Single Mummy, and proud single mum of two grown-up girls. Jo has been blogging about everything from her teenage parenting experiences and car air fresheners to mini-breaks and money-saving hacks since 2009, inspiring other parents with her countless life wisdom and single-parent adventures along the way.
If that wasn’t enough to persuade you of Jo’s brilliance, she recently made her novel debut as the author of contemporary fiction, ‘Playgroups & Prosecco’. FYI she’s the owner of three cats, too – all of which are named after fictional detectives!
Jo is a testament to the fact that the school run doesn’t always run smoothly – especially when it turns out to be an inset day!
Learn from Jo’s school-run mishap and always double-check for inset days!
Susan K. Mann is a hard-working mum of two princes and a little princess. She has been running her blog for a decade to help document the highs and lows of parenting life. If youngster-approved crafts, family-favourite recipes and staycation fun tick all of your blogger boxes, you’ll be a regular reader of Susan’s magical, fairy-tale blog.
She shared a memorable conversation mishap which made her typical school run that little bit more interesting…
Reluctance is normal, just don’t get caught by your trendy teens!
Actually Mummy, lifestyle blog with the undeniably catchy slogan ‘parenting teens and life in-between’, belongs to bubbly mum of two teens, Helen Wills. Her successful blog began back in 2011 and has now flourished into an incredible platform that has allowed Helen to share her parenting tales with others in the same boat, as well as discuss the topic of mental health for teenagers on her ‘Teenage Kicks’ podcast.
Aside from her passion for bright colours, clothes shopping and a good gossip, Helen loves to talk about topics varying from family travel inspiration and Type 1 diabetes to #50NotOut, a movement which aims to instil confidence back into fifty-something mums.
But, like many parents, Helen struggled to let go when it came to her kids tackling the high-school school run alone:
Every cloud has a silver lining – even if it’s a bit of a damp one!
Clare Nicholas of Emmy’s Mummy, is a 30-something work-at-home mum of two little’uns, Emmy and Harry. A former qualified nanny of 14 years, Clare now works as a self-employed blogger, freelance writer and social media consultant, sharing life’s adventures and parenting mishaps along the way.
Intrigued to hear more about her supernanny-style hacks? It’s no surprise that Clare has picked up tried ‘n’ tested parenting techniques along the way, which are all revealed on her insightful blog. She also confesses that she loves “nothing more than spending time as a family, visiting new places and exploring our surroundings”, so look no further for top travel tips and fun location reviews.
When we caught up with Clare about her school run experiences, she revealed one very unfortunate event:
Karma will always come back to haunt you
Cue Emma, a self-professed adventure-seeking mum of two and the face behind family, lifestyle and travel blog, The Mini Mes and Me (the mini mes in question are creative daughter, Moomin and laid-back son, Jambo).
Emma’s blog is overflowing with magical family moments, where she thoughtfully shares delicious recipes (her chocolate chip and Rolo blondies caught our attention!), fun things to do and places to tick off your travel list. This relateable mama loves nothing more than a cosy film night on a weekend, but also has adventure running through her veins and simply adores hunting for new sandy shores and cities to explore.
Emma’s school run tale warned us that karma is a very real thing!
We hope some of these school run tales have reminded you that, though the morning dash may not be a favourite parent duty, sometimes it’s anything but dull! Have you got any interesting school run memories that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them – just head over to our Facebook or Twitter page! Visit our hub for more back-to-school advice, or browse our incredible range of affordable school shoes, here.