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7 Ways to Win at Carpooling Kids

As a parent, you want the very best for your child. So you put them in soccer, dance class, chess club, forensics — the list goes on. And while it’s great that you’re giving them the opportunity to explore their interests, driving them from one activity to the next takes its toll.

That’s why the concept of the carpool is such a life saver!

But it’s not always easy. Things can get messy, schedules shift and kids are bound to be grumpy on occasion. But you’ve got this! Just take these steps and you’ll become a carpool master in no time:

Stick close to home. Remember, the point of a carpool is to save you some time. So try to stick to groups of kids who live in or close to your neighborhood — you don’t want to go too far out of your way.

Keep essentials on hand. Save yourself some stress by keeping your car kid-ready. Always have granola bars or fruit snacks ready to go, stock up on water bottles, have coloring books or car games on hand and pick a fun CD to cheer up any grumpy kiddos!

Set rules early. Children need structure and guidelines, so it’s a good idea to set your expectations of them right away. Explain what behavior is not acceptable and let them know the consequences for their actions. It’ll clear the way for them to have fun!

Prepare for the unexpected. Do any of the kids in your carpool have allergies or medical conditions? It’s good to know these things. Put together a list of basic medical information for your child and ask that the other parents do the same. And remember to have a first-aid kit handy.

Construct a clean-up kit. Spills happen! So keep an emergency clean-up kit ready to go in your trunk or glove box. Think Lysol wipes, stain remover, cleaning rag, etc.

Make scheduling easy. Parents are busy, and with shifting schedules and changing priorities, it can be hard to keep track of who’s on carpool duty when. So consider using a schedule aid app like Carpool-Kids to keep everyone up to date. You’ll have all the info you need right on your phone — talk about simple!

Review your protection. Did you know that you may need personal liability umbrella coverage to keep you protected while carpooling? Talk to your agent today and learn more about customizing your policy to meet your unique needs.

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