SCHOOL RUN HACKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

SCHOOL RUN HACKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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SCHOOL RUN HACKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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School Run

Quick tip: the uniform box

Mum-of-three Rachel finds the key to getting out of the door on time with her boys Eden, five, Judah, four, and Shiloh, 15 months, is having dedicated uniform drawers, filled with everything they need to wear that day. “The hardest thing for me in the morning is getting everyone dressed. Both Eden and Judah wear uniform and up until a few months ago our mornings were a little chaotic, with me often running around the house trying to find clean trousers and tops at the last minute. I knew I had to get better organised, and having these labelled uniform drawers has helped enormously. Everything for the next day goes in there, including pants and socks. It’s also helped the boys’ independence, as it’s easier for them to get dressed themselves.”

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Quick tip: the easy and healthy breakfast

“Weekday breakfasts can be tricky,” says nutritionist Emma, mother to Sofia, 11, and Lola, seven. “A quick tip is serving breakfast in mason jars. If you’re really organised you can prep it the night before, or quickly throw it together in the morning. You just need probiotic yoghurt, fruit (berries are best as you don’t have to cut them up and they’re packed with antioxidants), oats and seeds, which are fibre-rich and help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s important to have healthy fats and protein to give kids sustained energy until lunchtime,” she says. “And, being in a mason jar, if you’re really pushed for time they can finish them off in the car on the way to school! Or, for older kids who like to sleep in, you can whiz it all in a blender and they can drink it as a smoothie on their way there.” For more healthy breakfast tips go to eatdrinklivewell.com.

The quick tip: reward jars

“Getting Eve ready for school can be tricky,” says Chris, dad to the seven-year-old. “I’ve found positive rewards work much better than threatening to take something away. Whenever Eve does something when she’s been asked to, she gets a bead for her jar. These tasks can be big, like emptying the dishwasher, or small, like brushing her teeth. When we fill a jar, Eve gets a treat. The size of her treat usually reflects the tasks. A ‘big task’ reward might be something like a trampolining trip, while a ‘small task’ reward might be popcorn with a movie. We’ll agree that upfront, so she has her eyes on the prize. Eve’s really proud when she’s filled a jar, which is also a great confidence boost.”

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Editor: Claire Askew / Art director: Fleur Harding / Photographer: Annie Bundfuss / Stylist: Sophie Kennington
Prop stylist: Susie Clegg / Hair stylist: Bjorn Krischker / Make-up artist: Rose Angus

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