I need some calm.
The hustle and bustle of back-to-school has not brought the quiet and opportunity to recharge batteries which I had expected. It is just constant. It’s been hard enough by car but on reflection I can not comprehend how Bob managed this for the entire school year by bike or Shanks’ pony. As it stands, the slightly off-kilter timings between the school and nursery mean that a substantial amount of time is wasted because it just doesn’t make sense to head home between pick-ups or drop-offs. As a result, around two hours a day is spent in the car. If we didn’t have a car, our school run would take up three and a half hours every single day.
This, of course, does not include the extra curricular activities that each of the children does. Swimming, running, rugby, piano lessons, triathlon club and Rainbows. It also does not include having one child home for most of last week with tonsillitis.
Thing is, I know what I signed up for when I had my four babies. I knew that things would be difficult on occasion, I really did but right now I am exhausted by this running about which has been magnified by Greer’s nursery being a mile and a quarter away from the school which is a mile and a half away from the house.
I completely appreciate that there are parents out there spending hours doing the school run every day. How do you manage?!
This post was written by Vonnie on August 28, 2012