The Other Side of the School Car-line
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally posted on Sept. 22, 2011
The car-line is an odd phenomena to watch as dozens of parents sit idling in their cars, waiting their turn to move up the queue and have their children escorted into the fenced-in playground. It is an extremely controlled and rather cold thing to watch.
What is the lesson being taught in this experience?
Contrast that with the experience and lesson of Wren’s journey with her mother, Ashlea, to the same school on the same day, which appears to be nothing but smiles.
Asked to comment on their commute, Ashlea replied:
She loves getting in and out of her trailer “by myself!” There is a much smoother transition between home and school when we experience the commute like this together. It also seems to help develop a greater sense of place and time as Wren likes to point out things on our way, like the changing leaves, the weather, construction equipment or garbage trucks, the different dogs and people we see on their morning stroll and can interact with on our way.
Because I’m not waiting impatiently in an idling carline or trying to find a parking spot and wasting time and energy, I’m a much happier commuter too and this reflects on Wren’s attitude toward the experience of leaving home and Mom to go to school. No waiting, no stress!
If I can do it while 35 weeks pregnant with another future student, anyone can, right?!
Ashlea blogs at Squirrels in Wren’s Nest
How’s your child’s commute?
Tuesday’s video post inspired a reader to comment on the same thought, including a link to this Brain Power Rule #1 video: