Do you drop your kids off at school? The school really needs to have a handbook for parking lot drop off etiquette for parents. It should be a ballet when dropping off your kid(s) where everything goes smoothly.
And it does.
Until that one parent, breaks the rhythm.
Should anyone ever want to listen to me, here are my suggestions for making the ballet keep on trucking.
Parking Lot Etiquette Rules
Exit the car curb side for safety – Make arrangements to have the kids exit the car curb side, before you get them in the car.
Park in between the lines – It’s not that hard, but you need to do it, it’s in my handbook.
Make room for everyone – there is no need to have a cars length between you and the car in front of you while you wait for your darling to get out of the school.
Double parking is not cool – it is not OK to stop the flow of exiting traffic because you could not wait to get your darling out of the car like all the other parents. Go park instead of aggravating me and the rest of the parents who followed the rules.
Get out alone – If your child requires assistance to get out, the parking lot drop off line is not for you. Go park.
Its not a parking lot – the drop off line is not a place to park or get out. If you need to get out of your car, go park.
Don’t get out – if you need to get out with your kids for any reason, the drop off line is not for you. Find a parking space.
Don’t be first in line – If your kids are the last in coming out, don’t be first in line to wait. You will hold the entire line up. (Thanks to our reader Tara for sharing her tips)
Stay awake – If you are going to be in line, don’t fall asleep. Open a window, drink some coffee. Do you really want a teacher to come knock on your window to tell you to move along? (Thanks to our reader Tara for sharing her tips)
The parking lot drop off/pick up line is like the express lane at a store. It’s not meant for more than dropping off or picking up your kids. Anything else, go park and do your business.