Surviving the school run

Today is the last day of this half term and I couldn’t be happier. My 4 year old loves Reception and I support him with everything from getting to school on time, completing his homework to providing cakes for the Halloween party and much more. Being a full-time mum of a school aged child really is a full-time job and I need a break next week as much as he does!

We’re really lucky that we live 3 minutes from school so although mornings can be a rush I don’t have to worry about finding a parking space when I drop him off. I see so many mums frantically drive around trying to find somewhere to park, not easy when the school is on the main road and the side streets are full of other mums trying to park.

our school run3 wheels good, 4 wheels bad?

The Car People know that the school run can be a nightmare if you’re travelling with children in heavy traffic or terrible weather. So they recently asked 3,000 members of the UK public “Should the school run continue?”, and a whopping 65% said no.

The school run is inevitable for a lot of people. Schools have a wider catchment area so parents need to drive further, the weather, lack of public transport or just not wanting our children to face a long walk before school contribute to lots more people on the road. Of course this has a knock-on effect for other road users too, my husband always notices how much quieter the roads are when the schools are on holiday.

I’m not sure what the answer is. Children have to get to school safely and on time so I’m not sure staggered starts are an option, or realistic for parents who work. You can read more about the School Run Survey from The Car People here. I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below. How long does the school run take you and do you have any top tips for surviving it?

Post written in collaboration with The Car People

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Improving handwriting with STABILO

I’m actually quite excited about half term next week. My little 4 year old needs a break from his school routine and I’m looking forward to not rushing out the door in the morning.

My son has had a great report from school and the only thing he needs a little help with is holding a pen correctly which will give him more control over his writing. He loves to practice his writing at home, he writes little letters to his grandparents every week. I was delighted to be contacted by STABILO who have a huge range of products specifically designed to make writing easier.

IMG_7165We received a selection of products including the EASYergo pencil, EASYoriginal pen, Scribbi fibre pens and Woody 3-in-1 crayons. He was very excited to try them all out, his favourite is the EASYergo pencil and the Scribbi pens. We’ve banned his sister from using them and he’s been enjoying using them for his letters and drawings.


The National Handwriting Association also sent some tailored advice to help my son’s technique:

It is important to watch and wait with boys as they can take slightly longer to develop. Most children automatically begin to reduce the size of their handwriting naturally as their grip or control increases. If by the age of six his writing is still large it may mean that his fine motor control is poor or immature and at that point it would be wise to seek the advice of his teachers or your GP.

He’s been getting on really well with the products and he wants to use them for his writing and drawing – which means the practising never seems like a chore. Next week we’ll be keeping a half-term journal, similar to the one we kept over the Summer holiday, so I’m hoping regular practise will help him.


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Win A Child’s Christmas in Wales – 3 up for grabs

‘All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street…’

Celebrated poet, Dylan Thomas, recalls his own childhood with wit and magic in this beautiful children’s classic that has become one of his most popular works.


Dylan Thomas’s lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs Prothero’s cat, has become deservedly famous. This re-designed edition from Orion Children’s Books celebrates the centenary of his birth, and features brand-new artwork from illustrator Peter Bailey. This would make a beautiful gift edition of a classic work from one of Britain’s best-loved writers.


I have teamed up with Orion Children’s Books for a lovely giveaway. I have 3 copies of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas to giveaway to readers of the gingerbread house.

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