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HeilandMoo Tue 22-Mar-16 23:59:47

Current situation, DS( aged 7) in local school, out of house 8.45 till 3pm. I stopped work this year to study and have been there to drop off and pick up, all was well.

DSwill be attending a new school in September, it's in a city centre location and is a sought after selective. He's done well to get a place.


To pay for said school,I'm need to get my arse to work and end my student ways, so I have secured a city centre job. This will mean I can drop DS and collect him, but will need to use after school and breakfast club. His new day will mean leaving the house at 7.15 and getting home after 6.15.

Even without me dropping and picking up, he'd need to be on the school bus at 7.25 each morning and would be dropped off at 4.30pm.....but with no one to collect him. Sigh......

It is going to be such a shock to his system

It seems like such a long day, does anyone have any experience of such a change in routine?

Enkopkaffetak Wed 23-Mar-16 00:13:04

It will take you personally some getting used to before it stops feeling strange. For you it will be a huge difference.

For many its just a normal day and has been that way from very young.

NDN take their dd to nursery for 7 am (leaving here at 6 30) and are not home until after 6 pm 3 days a week. it works for them. For many others too.

So as long as you are all positive about it then I have no doubt you can make this work for you as a family too.

RubbleBubble00 Wed 23-Mar-16 00:40:35

he will be a bit knackered for the start and mine are tiring by Thursday. We tend to have very chilled weekends

RubbleBubble00 Wed 23-Mar-16 00:41:21

and my 7 yr old hits bed about 7.30pm

TheVeganVagina Wed 23-Mar-16 02:00:10

It will be tiring, but luckily there is always the wewkend to recover.

HeilandMoo Wed 23-Mar-16 06:19:54

We have much practice to do, including altering bedtime routines!, for everyone. DS is proving not to be a morning person, despite being in bed for 8 every night.

Thank you for your responses. It's helpful to read that others make it work.

curren Wed 23-Mar-16 06:47:24

Some kids aren't morning people. My youngest isn't. At all.

Tbh lots of kids have a similar routine. I have lived here 4 years. Next doors youngest is 6 and they have been leaving at 7am returning at 6pm for as long as we have lived here.

He is a lovely little boy and is used to it. It may take a while to get into it. Most routines do. But you will all get used to it.

I work from home so am lucky enough not to need before/after school clubs.

Both my kids are extremely jealous of the kids that get to go. The kids that go absolutely love it.

HeilandMoo Wed 23-Mar-16 06:55:53

Thank you Curren, it's been the loveliest year, feeling so present and there for DS. I'm a bit fearful of returning to work and him having to fit around my new routine. He doesn't fully get why he's being moved to a new school in the first place, let alone why I'm going to work too,

It would have been easier to leave our stress free routine in place, but not in his best interests longer term.

The joys........

HeilandMoo Wed 23-Mar-16 06:57:34

Good to hear that school clubs create a bit of excitement too. That's nice. The after school club do homework, albeit it will need a final check. At least we won't have to be starting it at 7pm.......

honeylulu Wed 23-Mar-16 07:02:14

Mine were at nursery since babies from 7.30-6 every day. Twice a week I have a nanny who picks them up mid afternoon and looks are them at her house and brings them home for 7 (fed and bathed). They've always been fine. My son started school and just took it in his stride as he'd always done long days. Yes other kids who weren't used to long days did find it tiring at first but they all coped and got used to it.
Good luck and congratulations on your job.

curren Wed 23-Mar-16 07:34:36

OP I get it. I am very lucky. We have good local schools. I have a good job that I do from home, working for myself. I don't earn a fortune buy it pays the bills.

You do have to make decisions that are difficult in the short term for your child's future interests.

If we hadn't have got dd into the secondary she is at, the. I don't know what we would have done. The rest are inaccessible or rubbish. I would have made the same decision as you. thanks

curren Wed 23-Mar-16 07:36:40

Oh and dd is now at secondary. We both worked full time out of the home until 2 years ago. She didn't need before and after school clubs, because we set our shifts so one of us was there and once a week my mum would pick her up.

But honestly she is fine. Well adjusted and doing well in school. So don't worry too much about it.

Like I said my kids would kill to go to breakfast club....may be they are bit sick of me always been here grin

HeilandMoo Wed 23-Mar-16 10:52:07

Curren, your situation is just brilliant. It's my ideal. I've loved being around and being able to attend school things etc. This school is 15 miles away, not so far but it's just the commute that's the struggle.

I watched DS this morning, he's sooooooo sloooooooow! I'm going to have to be a boot camp major to get this nailed! It took him 25 minutes to get 1/2 dressed and get toothpaste everywhere!

I hope our new routine encourages independent ways! Eeeek

HeilandMoo Wed 23-Mar-16 10:52:59

Thank you Honeylulu

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