The carpool line. Some love it. Some dread it. And, I’m afraid, many parents still don’t get it. They enter the school parking lot from the wrong direction. Or, parents hold up the line taking care of tasks they could have accomplished at home.
The drop-off is a vital part of the child’s day. Every parent wants to be encouraging and send the kiddos off well to a fresh, new school day. In fact, I was reminded of this today as I dropped off my high schooler. I, mistakenly, chose the ride to school to give him some reminders. It was simply not the right time and ended up shutting down our conversation.
I know of parents and grandparents who arrive incredibly early (whether for drop off or pick up) to get a good spot, get in line, and experience less stress than the day before.
How a Texas Mom Mastered the Carpool Line
Teasha Witherspoon, a Texas mom, has been through the carpool line—successfully—with her two young boys. She has observed the struggle of both parents and kids in the elementary school carpool line. Many of them seem unprepared or unaware of the process. So, Witherspoon records a TikTok video to share with other parents.
“I’m gonna help y’all out,” offers the mom.
“First things first, put your kids on the passenger side of the car,” Witherspoon instructs. You can also help multiple children practice how to “slide” or “shuffle” out from the other side of the car to the open door.