Carpools are very useful arrangements for busy parents. But there's a bit more to them than just alternating driving days.
Being part of this transportation time-saver implies a commitment both on your end and on the other moms'.
And every mom's commitment to ensuring her child follows the ground (road) rules. A few to consider: Unruly children will be dropped from the carpool after three incidents.
If you work this rule in ahead of time, it's easier to address when an incident actually occurs. Establish how long you will wait for stragglers.
Then, set the rules of the road as soon as you've assembled the little masses.
The car cannot run unless seat belts are fastened. (I actually had my daughter convinced this was true until she was about 7).
If you have a passenger-side airbag, of course.
If yours has been disabled
or you have an older-model car, check with the kids' parents first.
Adjust this rule as you see fit. Or not.
On the fence on this one? See
Dashboard Dining: Yes or No?
for food for thought on this one.
This one needs no further explanation.
Distracting the driver is always a no-no.
No touching anyone else. (See rule #5).
If any, of course.
As our kids might say: "Duh."
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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.