Every parent knows these home truths

Life with school kids: Managing a child's school life takes the patience of a parent. Photo: Shutterstock
Life with school kids: Managing a child's school life takes the patience of a parent. Photo: Shutterstock

A school parent's wallet rarely closes

Every parent is different, it's true - but there are lots of experiences that the parents of school-aged children have in common.

Like school mornings that are so wild research shows they're like working a full day before you even get to work.

Often the kids will sleep in - which they forget how to do on weekends - leaving you running around the house shouting things like "lunchbox!" and "jumper!" at them.

Every parent has had the experience of sending a child to their room to get dressed, only to discover 20 minutes later that their offspring has built Lego tower instead.

And instead of getting dressed first, the child is naked - except for one sock.

By the time school drop-off time arrives, the kids have generally remembered how to behave well, and they seem to manage this for a good six hours. Then they come home again, tired and ready to melt down with exhaustion.

It's another truth of school parenting that it involves finding money regularly: a gold coin for this fundraiser, a payment to be made for an excursion, a replacement needed for a lost hat.

A school parent's wallet rarely closes. Nor does your brain: you have to learn a whole range of new skills, from creating Book Week costumes to remembering what long division is.

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