Carpools: The Perpetually Tardy Child

by epi on August 4, 2011

Q: One of the children in my school carpool group is always late.  Should I speak to the child’s parents about the issue or ask the child to tell his mom that he must be earlier?

A: Call the parents and appeal to their sense of fairness:  “I hate to bring this up, but when your son is late, it messes the other kids up, too.  Can you please get him to the carpool on time?  If not, you may need to find another carpool, and we really don’t want that to happen.”

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Alicia August 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

I also think it depends on age. Elementery school kids I’d talk to parents but by middle or high school talking directlty to the kid may be in order as a first step.

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Jody August 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

I think the original advice is the best, speak to the parents (no matter what the child’s age is). It’s hard to see from here whether the lateness is because the child is dawdling or the parents aren’t getting him up in time. The parents may not be aware of the problem the child’s lateness is causing, and the polite suggestion mentioned is a good way to alert them.

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