School is back after a two week break and parents are back to the dreaded school drop off and pickup. It’s certainly not the best part of the day for most that’s for sure.

Back to School pickup time! I honestly despise it.

Maybe it is a confidence thing? I don’t know really. But I have always found it to be very intimidating and quite stressful at times.

Seems as though I am not alone either!

Mums shared how they feel about school pickup

Mums joined in our discussion on the topic of school pickup with a surprising amount of people saying they avoid it like the plague.

Kendall admitted she always stays in the car until about 5 mins before the doors open to let the kids out.

Melanie said she even stays in the car until the bell rings!

Nikki admitted she stays in the car and parks FAR away. lol

Rianna is lucky, she shared that her school has a drive through system for afternoon pick up! “Best invention ever.”

Melissa said she opts to get there late after the masses, “He gets in we leave. Very anti-social Mum here.”

Some parents shared they are lucky that their children either catch the bus to school or walk by themself so they get to avoid the school scene altogether.

While Bec gave us some encouraging words, “Find your own tribe. Trust me… there will be other mums thinking the exact same as you! They usually hide near their cars out of sight. I know cos this was me & my mum friends!”

Melissa also added, “I always get out. How is the world going to be a better place if we don’t lead by example? Say hello, be kind. Smile. Don’t get caught in the gossip or if you do, diffuse the situation with a little bit of empathy. It’s possible, I promise!”

What do you do? Stay in the car and keep to yourself or get out and mingle with all the other parents?

  • My kids caught the school bus so I didn’t have to stress about this. Mostly if we had to do a pick up from school for out of hours school activities, we stayed in the car. Occasionally I got out and mingled, usually for school discoes as parents had to go into the hall to collect kids, safer then having kids running around the car park


  • I hate driving anywhere near a school during mad mothers hour!


  • It’s not the socialising I dread, it’s the tired cranky out of control ‘i want to play on the playground’ that I dread lol we have a drive through pick up zone that I use and I go in every morning at drop off to socialise with other mums!


  • Many more people are interested in you when you keep to yourself,And to all mother’s and father’s please park considerably,If there’s room for 2 cars move up or back to accommodate our fellow children collector’s,Cheer’s Krusty.


  • My kids are too little yet but I sometimes collect my nephews and I haven’t had any trouble.


  • Mine catch the bus. I get caught talking for almost an hour some days when I pick them up.


  • Mine either walked or rode to school – so much easier.


  • Mine walk themselves to school, problem solved!


  • Soon to experience with my own but on the odd occasion I’ve collected my niece, lord all mighty the bitchiness and competition between mums. It’s like high school gangs all over again… look at my new bag, look at my new car, look at pics of hour O/s holiday…


  • You have to go in.. its the prime time to teach your kids good road safety habits.


  • Yep, mums are totally clicky still at school pick up!


  • I get genuine panic attacks thinking about school traffic. I hate it!


  • I remember ordering hot chocolate and pancakes with jam and cream at Kmart so it brings back fond memories to me. I guess it’s not really necessary to have and just encourages me to eat and drink badly, but I do sort of miss it.


  • I don’t have a problem with school pick-up and drop off but I do keep to myself and quietly sit and wait for my kids to come out. I can still sympathize and understand why other parents hate this time of the day.


  • I walk my daughter in to school and o go in for pickup
    Last year there were so many lovely parent to chat to, this year is a composite class and most parents wait in the car I still go in regardless
    It’s what my daughter needs


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