One of the best things about being self-employed is that I get to do the morning school run. I know it’s not the most relaxing of parental responsibilities.
This may also raise some eyebrows among people who see me on it every day and I can understand why.
I always look exhausted, exasperated and, to be honest, exhumed thanks to the boys’ insistence on still occasionally bickering or running off.
And, naturally, I vent about it to friends on those particularly challenging mornings.
But, trust me, I do enjoy it! It’s less of a struggle than it once was and I’ve learned to love the school run over the last two or three years.
It’s also a good time of day to talk with the boys. Attempting to get anything out of them after school is futile.
You’d have more luck getting Theresa May to discuss actual policies instead of slagging off Jeremy Corbyn.
But the mornings are a different matter. The school run chat is bountiful! They’re in the mindset for learning and often chat about the day ahead or topics they’re covering.
Today, for example, oldest casually mentioned the fact that he was looking forward to learning about the Vikings next term.
We had an interesting conversation about the etymology of day names thanks to Thursday evolving from the old Norse ‘Thor’s Day’.
This culminated in him asking me whether the hirsute invaders called the day after it ‘Fri-yay’.
I love the idea that these fearsome Scandinavian warriors would look forward to two days off pillaging at the end of the week!
Now when and where else can you get delightfully daft whimsy like that, eh?
Of course, not all of their musings are as welcome or, indeed, entertaining.
During the last couple of weeks, both boys have asked me whether both LEGO and books were ‘a thing’ when I was a kid. How old do they think I am?
Do they think I came over on a longboat in 793AD or something? I know I’ve been a little preoccupied with getting older lately.
There’s also the fact that I’m a bit beardy at the moment, but come on.
Ah well, you have to take the rough with the smooth. So, if that’s part and parcel of being party to their thoughts then so be it.
As it happens, Nige from DIY Daddy has written a post today about getting kids to talk about what they did at school. Great minds think alike!
Do you love the school run or are you where I was before? What kind of things do you and your kids chat about?