Moms spend a TON of time driving their kids, survey (and your life) confirms

Over half of parents spend upwards of five hours a week driving their kids around.

Moms spend a TON of time driving their kids, survey (and your life) confirms

How much time do you spend driving your kids to and from school, sports, playdates and everything else that's helping them grow into well-rounded people? If it feels like you spend more time behind the wheel than at home, you may not be far from the truth.

According to a survey by carpooling service HopSkipDrive, 51% of parents spend upwards of five hours a week driving their kids around—and 13% devote more than 10 hours per week to shuttling duties. Considering the survey polled both moms and dads, we wouldn't be surprised if the numbers skew even higher among women who typically take on more of that unpaid work during the day.

While the kids aren't paying fares, all this driving often comes at the real expense of parents' paying jobs: Two-thirds of survey takers say drop-offs and pick-ups pull them away from employment on a regular basis. A further 42% say they've put their job at risk to meet a child's transportation needs.

It's pretty clear that driving around so much puts pressure on families.

What are the alternatives to calling your first-grader an Uber?


Car services for kids—including HopSkipDrive, GoKid, Kango and others—are increasingly popular options. Then there is the old-fashioned neighborhood carpool with parents of kids on similar schedules. This doesn't get you totally off the hook, but leaving the office to drive to dance one day a week is a lot better than doing it every afternoon.

Ditch the car

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, walking to school can benefit kids from a fitness standpoint—but few kids are getting to school on their own two feet. Although this simply may not be an option for some families due to distance and safety, it is worth looking into at least on an occasional basis for many of us. You could also consider hooking up a bike trailer for a little exercise of your own or helping your teen get started on public transportation.

Cut back

If that still seems like too much, you may want to consider cutting some non-essential trips in favor of some self-care (or your paycheck). After all, we know moms are working almost 100 hours a week—or the equivalent of two and a half full-time jobs.

Driving while tired can be dangerous, so if you feel like you're practically a long-haul trucker, consider making some changes to your family's activity and transportation schedule. Just because your mini-van can hold every piece of sports gear imaginable doesn't mean your child has to do all of those activities.

[This post was first published October 7, 2017.]

They say necessity is the mother of invention—and nothing makes you more inventive than motherhood.

Sometimes that means fashioning a diaper out of paper towels and your older child's underpants (true story). Sometimes that means creating an innovative and life-changing weighted baby sleep sack and totally crushing it on Shark Tank. Tara Williams is the latter.

Keep reading Show less

Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

Thank you for understanding. ❤️

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

Keep reading Show less

This viral post about the 4th trimester is exactly what new mamas need right now

"We are alone. Together. You are surrounded all the other mothers who are navigating this tender time in isolation. You are held by all of us who have walked the path before you and who know how much you must be hurting. You are wrapped in the warm embrace of mama earth, as she too settles into this time of slowness and healing."

Artist and teacher Catie Atkinson at Spirit y Sol recently shared a beautiful drawing of a new mom crying on a couch—leaking breasts, newborn baby, pile of laundry and what we can only assume is cold coffee, included. Everything about the image is so real and raw to me—from the soft stomach to the nursing bra and the juxtaposition of the happy wallpaper to the palpable vulnerability of the mother—I can almost feel the couch underneath me. I can feel the exhaustion deep in this woman's bones.

My heart feels the ache of loneliness right alongside hers. Because I remember. I remember the confusion and uncertainty and love and messy beauty of the fourth trimester so well. After all, it's etched in our minds and bodies forever.

Keep reading Show less