School survival in Doha

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Lesson 1: Make school mornings easy

Panic, shouting, sweaty palms and running feet – is it a major catastrophe or just a regular school morning? If you’re looking to make those early starts go more smoothly, ‘power mum’ Anna Williams says the key is in the preparation.

Clothes
‘I make sure all the girls’ uniforms are clean, ironed and laid out for them the night before, including underwear and shoes,’ says Anna, mother of daughters Michelle, Dora and Leah. ‘Finding out that all the socks are dirty is a real situation at 7.30am – but not so much at 7.30pm.’

Food
‘Always make lunches the night before,’ recommends Anna, part-time copy writer and full time kiddie soccer aficionado. If you don’t have the fridge space, it’s worth investing in a small additional refrigerator to avoid making lunches in the morning. And double check that you have everything you’ll need for breakfast – cereal, bread, juice and so on – before you go to bed. ‘There’s nothing worse than waking up and discovering there’s no milk,’ says Anna.

School bags
Anna suggests keeping your kids’ weekly schedules posted somewhere convenient. ‘Pack all their bags with homework, library books, signed forms, and sports or music gear together, then set them out, grouped by child, beside the door. That way, all you have to do is grab and go.’

By Time Out Kids staff
Time Out Doha,

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