6 Ways to Relax During School Drop-Off and Pick-Up

6 Ways to Relax During School Drop-Off and Pick-Up

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Nothing can be more infuriating than navigating the lines of traffic when you pick your kids up from school. Mothers who parade outside their vehicles in couture clothes and little bodies darting between cars can be stressful. Here are six ways to relax during school drop-off and pick-up.


1. Turn on the Tunes

Whether your style is classical or R&B, some music can help you relax when retrieving your kids from school. Put on some light listening like The Piano Guys during drop-off then roll up the windows while you get your frustrations out with some Eminem. Sing-along carpool karaoke style before your little ones crawl in the backseat and you’re forced to put on the edited versions of your favorite drive time ditties. I am a little obsessed with Prime Music so I can constantly stream all my favorite tunes (from classical to gangsta rap, yo).

2. Diffuse, Destress

Bring out the essential oils. Scents like lavender can help soothe the savage mama. Make sure to check for reputable essential oil companies, and dab some on your wrists or diffuse away with a car diffuser. Check out some cool diffuser necklaces, so you can always have your oils on you at a moment’s notice.

3. Caffeinate

Legally drink in the car lane. Pick up a cup of coffee from your favorite barista or brew at home. Coffee beans make everything a little more zen. Don’t forget to dress it up with a mug that conveys your mood, favorite sports team, or where you’d rather be (Jamaica, anyone?). Too warm for a hot brew? Ice it up and get one step closer to the beach.

4. Literally Listen

Get a book on tape, and watch the minutes dwindle away. Audiobooks are available on digital sites like Amazon’s Audible and Itunes. Pick a New York Times’ Bestseller or listen to an old favorite. Check out Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior to feel empowered as a mom, or giggle along with Amy Schumer and The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo during pick-up time (not suitable for little ears). Right now, I am listening to A Man Called Ove, and I look forward to long waits in the car! Not ready to commit to an audiobook? Check out some Podcasts like NPR’s Serial.

5. Eat the Candy You’ve Been Hiding

Tired of having to hide the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Sick of stashing your Starburst? Get a few sweets in between sips of coffee while you wait for the kiddos at pick-up time. Keep a few non-melting goodies tucked in the glove compartment for that quick fix.

6. Think About Everything You Love About Your Kids

Even though drop-off and pick-up can be a pain with all the traffic, crazy parents, and darting children, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what makes your kids so amazing. Think about the conversations you’ll have when they get in the car. Instead of just asking, “How was your day?” and expecting the words “fine” or “OK” to escape their lips, tell your kids how blessed you are to be able to drive them to and from school every day. Talk to them about what really made them love or hate school that day. Remind yourself (and them) how much you need and love them.

How do you chill out when picking up your kids? Sound off in the comments! (Dads too!)

10 comments for “6 Ways to Relax During School Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  1. Gina Butler
    January 7, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    These are good tips! I personally didn’t drive my daughter to and from school as she took the bus. I did however take her to and from the bus stop until she was old enough to walk the block herself. Here is a funny story about such a time:

    She had to of been in only 1st grade at the most. She asked me walking home one day… “mommy do you wait at the bus stop for me all day?” LOL oh the funny things our kids ask.

  2. January 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t miss those days at all. Thankfully, my youngest is 15 now and I just drop him off at the football stadium across the street from his school. The other parents drove me insane.

  3. Mary Jo Sund
    January 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    If you are waiting in a parking lot, or even a line, maybe even a little reading could calm you. I used to read when waiting to pick you & your siblings up from school. I like the music idea best- along with some stress free lavender oil. :O)

  4. Pam
    January 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I can relate. Although my oldest is driving now, I occasionally have to drop him off or pick him up. Not only do I have to wait for the other parents to get going, I have HS students going the same direction to their parking lot.

  5. February 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I’m a nerd. I cross stitch. 🙂

    Also just wanted to tell you I love your writing. That’s all!

  6. February 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Good tips, Jen. Aromatherapy definitely helps to relax. Sometimes while I’m driving to pick up or drop off the kids, I like to have the radio and music off. I just meditate, noticing my breathing and just being in the present moment.
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