The Parent Taxi Trap. You know...kids, too young to drive but too cool to have a parent hang out with them at practice (think 9-15yo)?
You'll find yourself spending an incredible amount of time driving to and from events. If not spending hours waiting in a vehicle or sitting on bleachers. As both my boys became teenagers I found the ride to some events and practices was all that they needed. Having raised confident independent boys, they didn't want me to stick around yet they needed to be picked back up within two hours. This is the parent taxi trap.
At first I dreaded it. All that driving and very little time in between requires one to stay close by. Not enough time for errands or grocery shopping. But time enough for something!
At first I settled into reading a book, twitter feed or newspaper, but found the additional sitting (after 8 hours of work and additional 1 hour car ride) seemed counter productive. If I let it happen, I could spend up to 15 hours each day...sitting. Not healthy and makes for one grumpy mom. I needed an out, a way to improve my mood and feel better about how I was spending my time. So I packed an extra pair of sneakers and an array of outdoor gear in my trunk. And leave it there (raincoat,bug spray,sunscreen,maps,snacks).
On average I spend 90 minutes 3-4 days per week, either running or walking in the woods while waiting for my teenage son. I always feel a surge of energy after and see/hear/smell things that I wouldn't have if I was sitting in a gym or car.
Here are some of the amazing escapes from the world of parent taxi trap in the Upper Valley! Happy running/walking and parenting!
Hartford VT Trails
Thetford VT Trails
Fairlee, VT Orford NH Cross Rivendell Trails
Northern Rail Trail
Boston Lot DHMC