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Save Your Sanity with These Back to School Carpooling Tips

Back to School Carpooling

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again when the carpooling begins. It’s been a relaxing summer without the worry of knowing how to carpool effectively, but that time is coming to an end. We know how hectic the first few weeks can be, so we’ve put together some carpooling tips for the busy parent.

1.     Create a Schedule

Before you agree to do any carpool, get all the details worked out. Does the mom with one child expect you to double the duty because you have two kids? If so, it’s best to know this schedule up front. Make sure everyone is committed to following it through for the entire year. Then, have all the parents explain to their children why it’s important to be ready on time.

2.     Make Safety a Priority

Talk to the other parents about their cell phone usage, smoking habits, and seat belt policies before agreeing to let your child go with them. While these things might seem obvious to you, they aren’t to everyone.

3.     Get Ready for Mess

Kids are going to create a mess in your vehicle. Keep some small trash bags handy and prepare for a little cleanup after each taxiing.

4.     Prepare for Hunger

The best carpool drivers understand that kids are hungry after school. Consider having the driver provide a snack to the kids each day, as long as food allergies allow.

5.     Remember Your Days

The worst thing you could do is forget your day. Make sure you set up some sort of reminder system on your phone or tablet. You’ll find yourself quickly kicked out of the carpool if you continue to neglect your duties.

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