With the kid starting middle school and the girl still in elementary I now have deal with this logistics chaos.
7:00AM Wake up both kids, get them ready
7:30AM Get in the car drive 6 miles.
7:50AM Girl needs to be in school by this time, or else
7:51AM Drive 2 more miles to boy's school.
8:00AM ~ 8:59AM Find something to do, boy can't be at school *too early*
9:00AM Drop boy at school. Drive 4 miles back home.
9:20AM Back at home, finally
2:00PM Head out, drive 6 miles
2:20PM Pick up girl
2:21PM Drive to more miles
2:30PM ~ 4:00PM Find something to do, boy is still in school
4:01PM Drive 4 miles back home
4:20PM At home finally, day's logistics are over
The morning break (underlined) can be used for eating breakfast, stop at the store or whatever. In the afternoon break (underlined too) I'm taking the girl to a park that's in route or to the library. Still, it's little over 4 hours daily of driving kids around. And we haven't even started with making diner, making sure they do their homework, keeping up with house chores, etc etc etc. In the end is way more than 8 hours a day. And I'm getting paid (except for hugs and kisses).
To anyone that tells me I'm lazy and sit in the house all day not having a job... a big fat finger!
I need like 50 dollars a week just to go to the schools and back. That's $200 a month doing it myself. Getting a day care to do all this would cost no less than $500 a month and that's being cheap. No wonder why the oldest kid in a family always get a car assigned at 16. "Drive yourself around and haul all your little brothers & sisters with you"... heck yeah.