At what age / grade do parents finally have their “a-ha” moment when it comes to dropping off their kids at school?
I’d like to know, because I’m shocked at the number of parents who just don’t get it.
I see you – every morning – doing the exact same thing, and I’m cursing you. So are all the other cars waiting in line that you have inconvenienced.
What are these parent not getting?
Consideration for others.
Rules of the road.
Just to name a few off the top of my head.
You see, most schools have a very limited drop-off window for children and that window is at it’s busiest 15-30 minutes before school starts, and most often, the location for drop off is limited, thus, for drop-off to work effectively and efficiently, it has to be seamless.
The proper drop-off works like this;
- Car pulls up to drop off location – not exceeding the speed limit.
- Car stops.
- Parent says “get out!” or “goodbye”, or “I’ll pick you up”.
- Child opens the car door
- Child takes backpack.
- Child shuts door.
- Parent then looks both ways and slowly pulls away from the drop-off area and heads off to do their thing, or if the routine is really organized, then the car pulls forward and away, closely following the car right in front..
This method is so efficient. and so quick, but it never happens…
What really happens:
- Giant SUV driven by a very tiny woman zips up to the parking area and stops vehicle where ever she want. In a spot, diagonal facing the curb, on the curb, on the grass… blocking a driveway, or blocking oncoming traffic… Doesn’t matter.
- Driver opens the trunk by pressing a button
- Driver slowly exits the car in lululemon / workout clothes
- Driver then strolls around to the other side of the car and opens the door for the child.
- The driver then goes and gets the child’s backpack from the trunk.
- Driver helps child out of car
- Driver helps child get backpack on
- Driver looks child in the face and begins a seemingly long discussion with the child which likely could have occurred in the car.
- Driver kisses and hugs the child
- Driver points the child in the direction of the door.
- Driver waits for the child to enter the school
- Driver slowly walks back to the car hoping other lululemon mummy’s will see her outfit.
- Driver enters car
- Drive pulls away without looking, signalling or waiting, phone in hand, exceeding the speed limit and seemingly unaware that other children are walking on the road trying to get to school.
This is not a joke, nor meant to be a satire. It’s what happens daily.
Cars get frustrated, children are late, and there is a lot of honking.
Why can’t parents drop their kids of quickly and let the kids be responsible for getting out on their own?
These are likely the same parents who carry their kids backpacks and don’t get me started on that!
So please, parents… Teach your kids to be considerate of others around them even though you clearly have no hope.
Hopefully, you’ll get it…