5 School Run Tips for Working Mums


Easier said than done, but before you sit down after the bed time rush for your favourite telly, it really pays to get organised for the morning.

To start, I get those packed lunches ready, leave shoes by the door, find my daughter’s flute and put homework in bags.

Ok, time to be honest, I actually did my daughter's homework with her over her cereal this morning #mumfail.

I always make time to rummage in their bags for letters too, as they always forget to give them to me!

Lastly, after a reality TV session, I like to shower the night before and hang up my work clothes - to avoid a morning wardrobe crisis.


I try to get up before the rest of the household, fitting in my morning yoga and an organic breakfast. Just kidding. But I do try to get downstairs, take a moment for myself, make some tea and get the breakfast bowls out ready for the kids.

If you’re struggling to get your little ones to listen, a great reward system I swear by is the Pasta Pot. It’s pretty simple: every time they listen to you, just pop a dried pasta piece into the pot. Believe me it really works! Soon you’ll only have to whisper pasta for good behaviour! Well, most of the time.


As well as getting your children ready, and no doubt your man as well, you too need to look vaguely presentable for the rest of the day. After moisturiser (I can’t live without Wake Up Cream), I apply my base (usually foundation and eyebrows). I then add a dab of highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten and give a wide-awake look.

A slick of mascara always helps and Avon’s fool proof Glimmerstick eye and brow liners require no sharpening, so they’re perfect for the morning rush.


I always keep an emergency pack of bits and bobs in my car glove box. One of my biggies is my make-up bag, which includes a Glimmerstick eyeliner, powder, lippy, and my favourite perfume. This is a lifesaver on those days where I’m in a mad dash to the office.


Listen up, we’re not super human and it’s always important to be kind to yourself. Life will throw those curve balls, and if you forget that homework or dinosaur costume it’s not the end of the world. Just know that you’ve got this and you’re doing an amazing job.

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