I ALWAYS wonder if ours is the only house where it takes near warfare to get out in one piece on a school morning. I try to take some of the stress out by making packed lunches the night before, but this doesn't seem to make much difference.
My husband is up and out in 15 minutes flat. Granted that doesn't include breakfast, which he has when he gets into work, but he finds it amazing that we need at least 90 minutes to get out of the house without a row on a regular school run.
I'd need at least twice that amount of time if I was a yummy high-maintenance mummy who appeared fully groomed at the school gates with high heels, co-ordinated outfit and poker straight hair. On the days I go into the office I'm generally slapping on make-up at the traffic lights (naughty I know), and if it's a work-at-home day I can be found fishing in my handbag for lip gloss.
Alex is a bit of a dawdler but mornings are most definitely worse - he only needs to eat his breakfast, wash, brush his teeth and get dressed. Not rocket science but it just takes ages. I have tried every threat under the sun, being nice, offering encouragement, even reverse psychology, but usually it ends up with me shouting.
However, I heard the absolute best threat ever from my friend Melissa this week.
She told her son that if he didn't come downstairs RIGHT NOW and put on his uniform she would embarrass him by doing 'Beyoncé dancing' in the school playground in front of all his friends. The thought of his mum grinding her hips and sashaying her booty was enough to get her son down the stairs in an instant.
I have used this successfully on Alex and would like to share it with any other mums with children who have seen Beyoncé on TV. You can, of course, insert the name of any other children's character or pop star whose dancing would be enough to hurry your children up! [25cf] Christmas Bazaar season is almost upon us and I have a date for your diary. Friday, November 20 is the Battle of Britain Club's Christmas Bazaar, in Uxbridge.
This family-friendly fundraiser for the club has lots of stalls and activities suitable for all the family, plus a grand charity raffle, live music, and best of all, a grotto with Father Christmas.
It sounds set to be a great evening of fun and a good place to do some early Christmas shopping from a specially selected range of stalls.
The bazaar takes place at the Battle of Britain, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 ORY from 7pm until 10pm.