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Newbie to Mumsnet who HATES the school run...anyone else the same?

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jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 17:54:41

Hi all,
Having just read an article in the Mail on Sunday by Andrea Catherwood about the hell of the school run, I am somewhat comforted by the fact I am not alone in hating this hellish task. I felt compelled to join Mumsnet and seek some sanctuary from other mums who also have a dislike of this necessary chore [hmmm].

I am a working mum of 3, and find myself rushing about so I can get parked and collect the children in good time, making sure make up is applied and I look half acceptable so as not be given those all knowing disapproving looks from the playground mafia, and not like some deranged banshee who is rushing about to within an inch of her life. Thankfully I now only have 2 little ones to collect from Infant/Junior school as No.1 DS is now at Senior school and only has to walk 2 minutes til he's home. I digress slightly......Andrea Catherwood mentions groups of women found frequenting the playgrounds to collect their children and i wholeheartedly agree with all she says.
Since my youngest DS has started school, not ONE SINGLE parent of the children in his class have even given me a welcoming smile, friendly face or even a "hello", despite my efforts to engage in conversation, instead standing in their cliques in whispered chatter. I have now suffered this for some 2 years and it doesn't look like its gonna get any better sad.
I do think doing the school run is the perfect contraception sometimes, don't think i would have had children if i had been subjected to this torture.
But its not all bad, because when DS no.3 comes out with a big beaming smile, brandishing a piece of artwork that would have impressed Jackson Pollock, my heart melts and I have that all familiar "proud mummy moment" which makes it all worth while.
Would be great to hear what other mums think?

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 17:56:21

Hi all,
Having just read an article in the Mail on Sunday by Andrea Catherwood about the hell of the school run, I am somewhat comforted by the fact I am not alone in hating this hellish task. I felt compelled to join Mumsnet and seek some sanctuary from other mums who also have a dislike of this necessary chore hmm.

I am a working mum of 3, and find myself rushing about so I can get parked and collect the children in good time, making sure make up is applied and I look half acceptable so as not be given those all knowing disapproving looks from the playground mafia, and not like some deranged banshee who is rushing about to within an inch of her life.
Thankfully I now only have 2 little ones to collect from Infant/Junior school as No.1 DS is now at Senior school and only has to walk 2 minutes til he's home. I digress slightly......Andrea Catherwood mentions groups of women found frequenting the playgrounds to collect their children and i wholeheartedly agree with all she says.
Since my youngest DS has started school, not ONE SINGLE parent of the children in his class have even given me a welcoming smile, friendly face or even a "hello", despite my efforts to engage in conversation, instead standing in their cliques in whispered chatter. I have now suffered this for some 2 years and it doesn't look like its gonna get any better .
I do think doing the school run is the perfect contraception sometimes, don't think i would have had children if i had been subjected to this torture.
But its not all bad, because when DS no.3 comes out with a big beaming smile, brandishing a piece of artwork that would have impressed Jackson Pollock, my heart melts and I have that all familiar "proud mummy moment" which makes it all worth while.
Would be great to hear what other mums think?

Ooopsadaisy Sun 09-Jan-11 18:01:35

My dcs are now teens so I go no-where near school anymore (apart from Progress Days).

Used to hate the school run.

Used to hate school plays and assemblies etc.

Just remember - it is all temporary.

onimolap Sun 09-Jan-11 18:06:55

Is this the article which quotes the MN thread extensively? I'll see if I can find the original and link it for you.

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 18:07:28

I do try to keep that in mind and hang on to the fact that its not forever, but don't want to wish their lives away either lol.......certainly does not come with a warning this parenting lark LOL smile

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 18:08:06

Yes onimolap it is (i think)

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 18:09:06

Sorry I am new to all this so didn't know how to include the link to the article on my post sad blush

belgo Sun 09-Jan-11 18:09:24

It's the same in any group of people. Some are friendly, some are not. It happens to people at work as well, and at school/university.

MintAeroBar Sun 09-Jan-11 18:09:40

Can we have a link to the article as well?

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 18:11:19

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1345123/ Andrea-Catherwood-daily-hell-school-run.html

ASecretLemonadeDrinker Sun 09-Jan-11 18:22:40

I hate it, but hey-ho. Turn up in jeans, boots (for the ice and puddles) (proper walker/yardboots, not fashion), hoody, raincoat, 6month old under my arm, 2 year old 50 yards infront or behind me, most my hair in a pony tail and get on with it. Don't over think it, I like to pretend I am far to busy and intresting to have time to worry about the school run hence my appearence. In truth I am an exhausted, slovenly creature but they don't know that wink

onimolap Sun 09-Jan-11 18:22:51

Here's the link to the original thread.

Jojo: instructions for doing links are below the instructions for emoticons.

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 18:31:33

Thanks Onimolap. Thank god i aint the only one smile

poppyboo Sun 09-Jan-11 18:40:46

i have to walk it, about 2 hours walking a day...if its raining, its waterproof coat and trousers...i know i look like a prat but there you go................
I loathe the school run, quite a big part of me would like to HS just to avoid it!

belledechocchipcookie Sun 09-Jan-11 18:58:15

Which newspaper are you from?

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 19:52:26

Me? Belle? Not from a newspaper. Just a mum

belledechocchipcookie Sun 09-Jan-11 19:55:43

Your opening post reads like a journalist, sorry if I'm incorrect.

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 19:58:47

No not a journo, i'm just an office bod full time and do my best to juggle work with raising the kids. Just happen to be good with words i suppose smile

belledechocchipcookie Sun 09-Jan-11 20:00:06

Maybe you should go into writing. You have wit.

WikiSpeaks Sun 09-Jan-11 20:02:19

Very sorry but I thought the same as belle. Not in any way trying to attack you but we're highly alert these days!

jojo1827 Sun 09-Jan-11 20:05:27

Thank you Belle. smile

I assure you all i am NOT a journo. lol. Have you had some kind of problem with the media before then?

motherinferior Sun 09-Jan-11 20:06:01

I bloody love the school run.

Oh, and I am a journalist. And sometimes I write for the Mail on Sunday.

belledechocchipcookie Sun 09-Jan-11 20:07:17

Haaaa, this is mumsnet. It has more then it's fair share of lazy journalists looking for a story/quotes but rest assured, they always get found out.
You should have a go at writing.
smile

motherinferior Sun 09-Jan-11 20:07:31

Jojo, 'journalist' has become synomymous with 'troll' and socially equivalent to 'recidevist paedophile' on MN. I am not exactly sure how this squares with the fact that the site was set up by, and continues to be maintained by, journalists and that a number of us who spend our time on the site earn our living selling words by the thousand, but it is a convenient stick to beat strangers with.

motherinferior Sun 09-Jan-11 20:08:21

And it has its (no apostrophe) fair share of quite energetic, hard-working journalists too, actually.

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