There a few things I would like to do with my carpool line sign.
None of which are appropriate for publishing on this blog. Those of you who have read my previous posts know how much I adore waiting in the sweltering hot sun (sans my cell phone) to pick up my little cherub.
If you feel the way I do about carpool line, you might be planning to use your sign as kindling for a summer bonfire or for the environmentally conscious reader, recycle it....but don't do that just yet.
I have an idea that beats recycling it….but first, let’s talk about the one part of carpool I actually do enjoy: greeting my sweet little man after a long day at school.
Typically I ask the same standard question as he climbs into the back seat: “How Was Your Day?” Only to hear him mumble back the even more standard answer: “Good.”
You know the drill… I continue to hopelessly probe with questions that usually end in “YES or NO”….and if your child is anything like mine, the token answer for “What did you learn at school today?” is “Nothing”.
NOTHING?? What??? REALLY??? I know for a fact that you learned A LOT today and I know that your teacher is amazing… So this answer is just not gonna fly with me today.
After pondering the uber frustrating carpool phenomenon of “I did nothing today!”, I decided to change my approach for next year. I have found a few more specific questions that I plan to have conveniently pasted on the back of the car pool sign, so I can get the real scoop about his day. Yes..some of the questions are gross…BUT you might actually learn A LOT by asking them.. Maybe even more than you bargained for.
If you aren’t crafty, (or don’t own a laminator), I have another suggestion that has helped me a time or two….
PITS AND PEAKS!!!
When your kiddo climbs into the back seat, ask him/her to tell you about their PIT (the absolute worst thing that happened during the day) and their PEAK (the absolute best thing that happened).
You will be amazed by how much information this simple question yields. It is at least a great way to get a conversation started. Happy last day of school!