This week I am absolutely delighted to have a guest post from the lovely Emma from Bubbablue And Me on how to cope at the school gates as a working mum. The school gates can be a minefield at the best of times, but when you are a working mum and don’t get to do the drop off or pick up every day, it can become really difficult!
How To Cope At The School Gates As A Working School Mum
Before your child starts at the school
If you don’t know anyone else at the school, try and meet up with some other new parents and children over the summer. Try speaking to parents at any initiation or parent days, or speak to your child’s nursery or pre-school staff to see if they know other parents in the same situation and can introduce you.
Take time off work for the first day or so to do the school run.
That’s the perfect time to meet other parents in the same boat, and maybe suggest after the drop off some of you could go for a coffee to compare notes.
Speak to people
Turn up early but not too early
Join the PTA
Some PTAs have meetings during the day (ours!) which aren’t working parent friendly, but if yours has evening meetings or ones you can get to, then join in. Even if you can’t be on the committee, you can often volunteer to help with events, man stalls, or bake cakes etc.
At birthday parties, don’t assume you’ll dump your child there and run.
I find birthday parties are the best for having a decent chat with people as everyone’s relaxed and outside the school grounds. They’re really my only chance to see people as well, so make the most of them before the kids are older and don’t have all class parties.
Work out which school events to go to
It’s surprising how often parents are invited into schools for assemblies, churches services, fun events, performances, open mornings and more. As a working parent, even if you split the jobs between you, you might struggle to get to everything. So choose sensibly, ask your child which they want you to go to, and try and work it out so they’re events you know other people from the right school year will be at.
Organise a year group mums or parents meal out
We had one organised by one of the reception mums in the first term our children started and it was lovely to meet all the mums and get to know them a bit better.
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