Driving kids to and from their daily activities can eat a lot of time out of your day, especially if you have multiple children. To ease the burden, considering organizing a carpool group with other parents in your area. Not only will it help free up some of your time but it will be a great chance for you to get to know other parents in similar phases of life and could help your child become closer with friends that live in the area or like the same activities. Read more about some of our best tips and tricks for carpooling below.
Tips and Tricks for Organizing a Successful Carpool
Find Parents With Similar Schedules
While organizing a carpool group with parents you already know or with your kid’s friends may seem like the easiest way forward, you may regret it down the road if you don’t live in similar areas or your kids aren’t in similar after-school activities. We suggest generating a list of potential carpool group members based on who lives in your neighborhood and who shares the same school schedule. This will help cut down on the time spent on carpool rides each day for whichever parent is in charge.
Use An App To Manage Schedules
A clear schedule is a must to avoid missing a pickup or a drop-off. While an old-fashioned calendar will do in a pinch, we like to utilize technology that allows for easy schedule changes and communication between parents. A shared digital calendar or an app like Sign Up Genius can help everyone stay organized and can be referenced easily via smartphone while on the go.
Set Expectations for Communication
While a shared schedule is the first place to start, it’s also important to set ground rules that keep the lines of communication open. If a child is sick and not coming to school for the day, there should be ground rules for how to communicate that, to whom, and by what time.
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Do you have any other tips and tricks for organizing a carpool group? Let us know in the comments!