Worried about how you'll get everyone out of the house on time each morning when you have to be on time for nursery, the school run and work? Here are some tips from a mum who's been there and does it every day
Let's face it, leaving the house with small children is tricky at the best of times. Something always goes wrong, someone always runs off, you'll probably forget something vitally important and have to go back. Twice. Whole mornings can pass before you manage to go anywhere, even if the only place you're planning on going is the shop.
So what happens when you have to get everyone dressed, ready and out of the house on time, by a specific time, to make it to school and also work?
Here's TalkMum blogger Jenny, working mum of three, who is a seasoned pro at leaving the house, with the wealth of all her wonderful experience when it comes to leave the house on time:
I can imagine the school run combined with rushing to work being pretty stressful for most parents. However, three kids needing to be ferried to nursery is next level.
Up until my eldest, Carter, was 3.5 years old he absolutely hated nursery so it was a fight to get him out the door each morning. Once my twins, Cooper and Cameron, reached 17 months it was time for them to join their big brother and I absolutely dreaded it.
It’s now been seven months and although it is never a breeze, there are some things that help with making mornings a little less chaotic.
Pack everything the night before
Having everything ready the night before shaves precious minutes in the morning (trust me every minute is needed to coax a temperamental three year old and last minute nappy exploding twins). I fill my own water bottle, have my lunch packed ready for work and the bag out ready to just grab everything out the fridge first thing in the morning. For the kids, I place their outfits in their rooms ready, shoes and socks lined up (nothing more annoying than searching for that stray shoe) and nursery bags packed and placed by the front door ready to rock and roll. To save confusion I love the My First Years personalised bags. They are clearly named so when we get to nursery I can hang them on the appropriate hooks without checking who’s stuff is inside.
Teamwork makes the dream work
As I have mentioned before in a previous post, with three kids at such a young age it’s all hands on deck. We both wake up extra early to give ourselves time to get ready before waking the kids (if they aren’t up already). My husband has complained that I am a bit militant, but it really helps to keep an eye on the time and try to keep to a schedule. Once we are ready, one of us will tackle Carter and the other deal with the twins. Its then a speedy breakfast for the boys (Carter refuses to leave the house unless he has eaten), although they actually all eat breakfast again once they get to nursery (what can I say, they are my kids after all).
Choose your mode of transport
With three kids and twins we usually both do drop off and pick up in the car. Dad then walks to the station to catch his train to work while I drive. However, if one of us need to do a solo drop off (which is quite often due to both of us having early breakfast meetings frequently) and pick up then we need to get the buggy out as we park on a busy high street and it’s just not possible to carry both twins and hold Carter’s hand. In fact, dad just uses the buggy as I would usually have the car. We got by with a side by side buggy before the twins started nursery but we quickly realised that the buggy would not fit through the second set of doors at nursery. This is where our new buggy comes in. The Quinny Hubb Duo is perfect. It has two full sized seats and lovely and is smooth to push. Most importantly, it fits through the second set of doors so I am not there faffing with my screaming kids and trying to fold down the buggy and blocking everyone else. I put the twins in the buggy and Carter proudly helps me push it, feeling very much like a useful big brother.
Try and make it fun
I know it’s not easy when you’re not a morning person (none of us are in this house) but try to keep it light hearted and fun. When we first started taking all three boys to nursery it was very tempting to just get them up and rush rush rush (a lot of shouting on my part) but we found this just put the boys in a bad mood and made it twice as hard. Now we wake them up with a smile and explain they have nursery and try to make it into a bit of a game. Carter in particular loves feeling like he is racing his brother to get ready, to finish his breakfast and he actually attempts to get his own shoes on (most days it’s the wrong foot but it’s a good try).
Keep things simple
I’m all for feeding up my boys because I want them to be foodies but on nursery days they don’t get a hot breakfast or multiple courses (twins usually eat porridge with mashed fruit, eggs, toast and finish off with a yoghurt!). Carter has his usual bowl of Shreddies and the twins get the plain oat Cheerios with mashed banana and raspberries. I don’t feel bad as I know they will eat again at nursery. Bowls get taken into the kitchen after but that’s where it ends. I hate mess and can never stand dirty dishes in the sink but I have learnt to just deal with it when we get home at the end of the day. It’s not worth the stress of rushing for the sake of a few dirty bowls and cups.