Do You Spend Your Life On The School Run?

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Do You Spend Your Life On The School Run?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17682694

Not here (unfortunately!!) but actually on the real school run. The AA says that a third of parents spend between 10 and 49 hours a month ferrying kids about, and 2% spend over 50 hours per month!

I've just sat and worked out how much I spend, and its getting on for 31 hours a month, and i don't even do a regular school run! Are you a 'family taxi'?

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No, Es walks to school unless it is raining very very hard and then DH will take him because he has a long walk.

Ys goes on school transport because his special school is in the next town.

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For the last couple of years, I have taken ds to school and then had to drop dd at primary.  I also drive to pick him up, bring home and then usually have time to walk round to meet dd from school.  This works out to around 34 hours a month, which surprised me!

Dd starts at the same high school in September, so I expect I shall have to drive them both to start with, but hopefully they can catch a bus together before too long.

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I only spent 4 a bit hours a month. I drop the girls at school on my way into work and they walk back. When it starts getting dark in the afternoon/evenings, I'll go get whichever one is on a 445pm finish. Be even less when they go back next week as I won't be going to work...lol.
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I homeschool so zero hours lol.

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Our school run usually takes two hours a day, because we walk there and back, so if you totted those hours up it'd be a bloody long time. But I don't count it, because it's also exercise, and not stressfful. Sitting in the car for that amount of hours would drive me insane. 

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Its not just the school run, though, is it? Its the football club run, the swimming club run, the Brownies / ballet / gym club run. I don't do a school run at all as P goes in a taxi, but I still manage to spend hours and hours ferrying her to places every month.

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That's true, until about a month ago Olly was doing after school clubs every single day of the week, plus horse riding on a saturday. He's down to 3 nights a week plus saturdays now, but God alone knows what a mess it'll be once George starts doing clubs and activities. 

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70 plus a month on average, which will no doubt go up when W is allowed to do after school clubs 

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It's daft how long each journey takes!  Less than a mile each way, but a pick up or drop off can take 20 minutes or more!  Two afternoons/evenings a week seem to be spent in an endless round of journeys.  The main school pick-ups and drop-offs are part of my journey to work, though there is still the walk up to the school gates and the waiting!

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I worked out one day I'd done over 8 hours driving kids to and fro - we moved house quickly after that.

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