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"School Runs"
I would be sharing my 16 years experience doing school runs.
The good the bad and the ugly😙
@ameenah_y I am doing this for you
I had my first child March 30th 1999. Yeah you guessed right! He is old enough to vote.
My son started school 2001.
My first experience of school runs was a disaster. We forgot my son in school two days in a row and i said that was it. I withdrew him😂
You read right. I took my son out of school after myself & my husband forgot him in sch two days in a row. I even had to pay 500 naira fine
I was an Msc student pregnant and had a toddler who had just started school. I lived in Kaduna and schooled in Zaria. Lots of stress!
I dropped my son in school and drove to Zaria from Kaduna to attend my own classes. My husband was supposed to pick our son up. HE FORGOT!
I got back from Zaria around 6pm and i was told my son hadn't been brought home. I called my husband with landline and he said he forgot
I dashed into the car and went to pick up my son. He was left with the security. They scolded me. I apologised profusely
The next day i dropped my son and the teachers again reprimanded me. I apologised for what happened. Do you know what? We left him again!
This time my husband thought i didnt go to school and so our son was left again in school. I went to pick my son weeping!
I was fined 500. It was an airforce nursery school. The fine didn't pain me. It was the fact that my son was forgotten again in sch that did
I picked my son and said to my husband we are not ready for this school thing and i took him out of school until September that year
If ur first run at school runs is not going as smoothly as u expected dont beat urself up. It cant be as bad as me forgetting my son in sch
My son is not scarred because i forgot him in school though they all know the story and they tease us about it
My first school runs adventure was total disaster but i learnt and became good at it
I am lazy and so i prefer working smart rather than working hard. I always look for easy ways to get things done
You need your child to be neat and smartly dressed? Just buy 5 set of uniform. One for each day of the school days. Think its too expensive?
You get to use one set a week and they last longer🙄
At the weekend wash, iron uniform & arrange with all needed. For eg short shirt tie pant singlet socks folded together & the next set on top
This cuts out forgetting to wash uniform mid week since there is uniform for each day and saves you time chasing socks under the chair😑
The night before a school day bring a set of all that would be worn out including shoes and lunchbox. No running up and down in the morning
I even used to have things for lunchbox packed. There was the cooked food and snacks
For the cooked food i had a menu plan so each day of the week had its food and as the kids grew older we would plan together
If monday is chips and egg then on Sunday night potatoes would be peeled and sliced put in water and left in the fridge ready for frying
If its jollof rice. Sauce would be made the night before and left in the fridge. In the morning its to parboil and mix
For the snacks (juice biscuit wafers etc) i tie them up in polythene bags and just pick one every morning to be added to the cooked meal
This made things easier for me. We would wake uo in the morning and things would go like clockwork
As my kids got older we would read an hour and a half before going to school. 30 minutes for Qur'an and hour for schoolwork
Wake up 5am. By 5.30am prayed bathed & dressed. From 5.30am to 7am. Reading eating.
7am on the dot we are out of the house and to school
I taught my kids to read from the day school started not just when its time for exams.
They read an hour in the morning and also an hour in the evening and DOING HOMEWORK IS NOT THE SAME AS READING
They also read 2 hours a day during holidays but this could be anytime
The Staff of @DStvNg in Kaduna knew me. I only come to pay for subscription after my kids had written their exams.
At the end of 3rd term i would look for notebooks from students in the year ahead of my children and photocopy.
I was customer at NUJ house on Waff road. They would photocopy and bind neatly. I did for every subject for every child 😂
During the holidays i taught my children ahead the topics of the coming term
No wonder my daughter calls me chinese mum😂😂😂😂
Another thing i did was to form questions for each topic in each subject so after reading they would carry my question book and solve
I was a hands on Mum and I thank God for the opportunity. I was self employed and had time to focus on my children when i needed to
I would pick my children and take them to the shop and later i left shops to my employees and closed for the day after picking my kids
I had fun with my kids and we call ourselves 3 musketeers😎
Driving your children to and from school is a bonding time parents shouldn't take for granted. You get to hear lots of gist.
Especially as your children become teenagers you can have lots of talk in the car while driving them to school so please LISTEN
At one time we had driver taking the kids to school abd i realised i was missing so much i would join them. If you can DO IT YOURSELF
When my son started puberty we talked a lot during school runs. He would read out loud this book and explain what he understood and ask ques
I was the one taking him to school while the driver and housekeeper take my daughter to school
NEVER LEAVE KIDS ALONE WITH DRIVER ESP GIRLS
Myself and my children used to hunt for Amala joints when i pick them from school in Kaduna from time to time. It was fun
Today my children talk about those times with fond memories. They remember the time spent together not the presents
One thing though my kids opened up more when i was picking them from school than when going.
Also try to pick up your children as early as possible. The real bad influence in school comes during that late time after school
My children were always the first to get to school and first to be picked up until when i started my advocacy 😊
In 2010 i wrote down as some of my goals to achieve devoting 10 years to my children's well being and education & putting down things to do
This was for my daughter.
Dont feel overwhelmed by school runs. Work out what works for you! Some days would be stressful. Some days disasters. Just keep going ❤
Open your mind to learning most especially from the children. Engage them in decision making so they know why you want certain things done
Explain to the children why certain things need to be. They are more cooperative when they understand the reason
I am not saying my way is the best way. I am sharing so probably someone out there can see just one thing they might take out
To all those just starting the school runs or already in it love every moment even the frustrating ones. One day it would be history
I forgot to add this my children went to bed 8pm on the dot during school days and they woke up 5am refreshed
By the time they are about to start school for the first time i start training them towards sleeping 8pm at night
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