Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Car Pool Kit

There's a bin that stays in our car at all times.  Some days I feel like we stay in the car at all times.  Seriously.

This year has been eye-opening in regards to living in the country.  While we love the scenery, the privacy, and the slower pace, we're still coming to grips with the extra time it takes to get where we're going.

When the school year started we learned our time in the car would be extended even more.   With the kids in two different schools starting at two different times we planned to use the school bus.  However, my high schooler's pick-up time was 5:50 a.m., two hours before the start of school!  And, we only live eight miles away.

Not wanting our freshman on the bus (with older kids) for that length of time each morning, we decided to drive the kids to school.  Remember when I said they start at two different times?  This means the girls and I sit in the parking lot at their school for 30 minutes before their day begins.

We're car pooling with friends when possible, and often that means a few more minutes of waiting.

Then there is after school.  Because the schools release at different times and after school activities overlap, we are often waiting in the car again in the afternoon.  Don't even get me started on doctor/dentist appointments.

Even my big kids get bored in the car.  Even my big kids get whiny.

So, we decided to redeem the time... at least some days.  We packed a plastic tote that fits neatly between the seats full of constructive time fillers and a few treats.  We break out the DVDs  and buy a small treat on Fridays if we've been diligent at using the time wisely through the week.  I take my family planner and coupons to organize and make notes if we are doing quiet activities.

Car Pool Kit Contents:
  • flashcards
  • small devotional
  • magazines
  • sharpened pencils
  • lined paper
  • calculator
  • small journals
  • DVDs
  • treat coupons (for the little store near the school)
Redeeming the time in the car works for me.  Having a car pool kit definitely works for me (and my sanity).


  1. This is a great idea! I have a treat box in the car, but I never thought about the paper and pencils, etc.

  2. What a great idea! I've heard of doing something like this before, but thankfully, we're not in the car for long periods of time...stopped anyway. With three little ones, that sounds like disaster!


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