The school run: very few of us like them. It involves getting up and looking semi-human at what quite frankly is an unsociable time in the morning. Throw in trying to get young children ready and out of the door at the same time, and well, you can totally understand those parents that rock up to the school gate in their pyjamas!
Sadly though, PJs, dressing gowns and slippers are frowned upon at the school gate generally, but there is no reason why you can’t turn up on a Monday morning looking half decent but most importantly, feeling comfortable and warm. Here is how to look AND feel good on the school run.
If you are the sort of person who feels more confident with a bit of makeup on but just doesn’t have the time to apply a full face in the morning, fear not. There are ways of looking ‘done up’ without spending hours in front of a mirror. Slap on some decent moisturizer (do this even if you don’t wear makeup, your skin will feel nicer!), a quick coat of mascara and a slash of lipstick in your favourite colour (the brighter, the better!) and off you go. These give you that put-together look but means you can stay in bed for that extra couple of minutes – and that makes all the difference!
In the winter, only a decent pair of waterproof and lined boots will cut the mustard. Choose wisely, and they will go with everything, from the standard leggings or skinny jeans look to midi dresses and skirts. In the not-quite-sandal weather but when you don’t need waterproofing, a cool pair of Converse shoes is both practical AND looks good.
You will spend a lot of time standing outside, probably in the cold and rain, so a good coat is a must. Go for something lined and waterproof to keep you warm and dry. A parka is usually your best bet – it is easy to throw on, looks alright and does what it needs to do.
Many kids seem to come running out of school and launch their bags and lunchboxes at their parents. If you don’t have a child that does that – well done! If you do or have to hold little hands or push a pram, you will know how important it is to have a bag that doesn’t keep slipping down your shoulders. A practical crossbody bag can hold all of the essentials but keeps your hands free to do whatever you need to do. Failing that, a mini backpack of your own is worth looking at. If you’re particularly brave, you could even jump in on the latest bumbag trend!
Lastly, give yourself some time. As parents, we tend to put ourselves last, but if you give yourself some time – even five minutes – in the morning, it will help you set up for the day. Get up a little earlier and enjoy that hot cup of coffee in peace, or sit int he car and decompress after dropping the kids off. Do what you need to do to give yourself an excellent start to the day