Minivan Mom

We gained custody of my (step) children about 15 months ago. At the beginning of this school year we had the option of keeping them in the same school across town, or moving them into our school district. Being the last year of my son’s elementary career, and Rebecca’s opportunity to be in a dual immersion Spanish program, we opted to keep them in the distant school.

Note: dual immersion is when she learns half the day in English, then moves to a 2nd classroom with a teacher who speaks nothing but Spanish to the children for the remainder of the day. She is slowly gaining fluency in speaking and reading Spanish, which is pretty cool.

Just for fun,  I decided to calculate how many miles I drive each day to and from school. It’s 11 miles one way, so about 22 miles round trip. Multiply that by 5 round trips, I drive 110 miles a week to take my kids to school!

Edited: because I’m really bad at math (thanks for pointing this out mom!), that I actually go 44 miles a day to and from the school. Which means I drive 220 miles a week…

Wow, that’s a lot. Obviously I wanted to know how many miles I will have driven by the end of this year. Assuming 36 weeks in a year, 5 days a week (which is average if you take into account sick days and second trips to school for conferences and forgotten items they need at school right now), I will have driven a whopping 3,960 miles!

Edited: and because I go to school twice a day, it’s actually 7,920 miles in a school year!

And again, just for curiousity, my two youngest children and I spend about an hour and a half a day in the car: 15 minutes to school, 15 minutes back, 30-45 minutes back to school/waiting in carpool/waiting for kids to get into car, etc, then 15 minutes back home. Multiply that by 180 days and do you know how much time I’ve spent in my car??
{Ready for this?}

11 days. 11 entire 24-hour days, spent in my car.

I was all ready to nominate myself for parent of the year, but I decided to take a nap instead.  Maybe next year.

PS. – My husband wants to keep my daughter in the dual immersion program. 11 more days of my life, down the drain!
PPS. – how many miles or days a year do you spend shuttling children around?

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7 Responses to Minivan Mom

  1. Jeanine says:

    Dear Sarah:
    As a Mother of 9 children, that I drove to school and back every day for almost of all their school lives as well as many many music lessons, soccer practices/games, concerts, recitals, drill team practice/events. I think my youngest son pretty much grew up in the car with me. Most of that time we lived in Summit County and the school was 9 miles each way. I understand your pain sweet girl.

  2. Mark says:

    Assuming you get around 16 miles to the gallon, generous with your van, and $3.50 a gallon for gas, a conservative average, taking your kids to school costs you about $866 a year.

    So what else could you have done this year or purchased with that kind of money?

  3. Mark says:

    Assuming you get around 16 miles to the gallon, generous with your van, and $3.50 a gallon for gas, a conservative average, taking your kids to school costs you about $866 a year.

    So what else could you have done this year or purchased with that kind of money?

    I just want to applaud your sacrifice for the happiness of your children. You guys are awesome!

  4. Karen says:

    Thats a lot of driving. You sure do love your cute kids! Ps. I think your mom I.e., me, pointed out this one math error, true? Because your mom thinks you’re ok at math, but an amazing mom, wife and writer! You go girl!

  5. Kiasa says:

    Wow! That’s crazy! We live in a city and my daughter goes to school across the street. We are planning on moving out of the city this year to get some more space (we are really cramped right now), but all the driving that comes with living somewhere else has me worried…we don’t even own a car right now.

    • Okay so I started reading your blog and then I was consumed with jealousy over you living in NYC. My husband and I are totally attached to the city (we even honeymooned there!). I was a nanny in NJ living right across the GW bridge and I love New York. Love it. :) But suburban NJ is pretty great too. Very pretty, excellent schools, and great date-night distance into the city!

  6. […] It was a decision that we reached after a lot of prayer, but we’ve removed Rebecca from her Spanish dual immersion program. My husband and I are sad that she won’t continue in the program, but we also know it’s […]

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