This year I have three kids in three different schools and only one has a bus option. So we’ve set up a carpool with two neighbors.
However, it took an hour-and-a-half meeting to figure out who would pick up when and where. Michael, listening from the other room, said it was the worst meeting he never attended. (Michael said we all tip-toed around each other not trying to be one who bossed the others.)
We’re using the Sign Up Genius but we had to meet to figure out what made the most sense and not just fill in a calendar willy nilly.
Our two biggest issues are:
2. Afternoon activities and appointments wreak havoc on the carpool. It may all fall apart in the afternoons when they choose their clubs.
I do think the carpool is worth the trouble because it reduces our driving by two-thirds but it is complicated.
How do you keep your carpool schedule straight? How do you keep it fair? Is it worth the coordinating effort?
(Update to this post: I wrote this before school started but a week into school I am definitely seeing the benefits. Only driving one place once a day is really nice. Also since this month I am not the morning driver I can get the other kids out the door without much stress. I like the other parents who are sharing the duties with us and the kids seem to be enjoying being with each other. The afternoon person from the elementary school has to keep the youngest child of the afternoon pick up person for the far-away school until they get home. The kids seems to enjoy that as well. So far, so good.)