View Poll Results: Who spends more time in the car?

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    Default Who drives more?

    Were the terms "homeschooling" and "stay at home (mom)" coined with irony?
    I just calculated that at a minimum, I do seven 40-minute round trips per schoolweek. Not including groceries, libraries, field trips, visiting, or other leisure activities.
    DH has a simple daily commute, perhaps 20 mins each way.

    Whats it like in other peoples families?
    Who spends more time in the car - the homeschooling parent, or the partner?
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    Hubby has worked from home, for the most part, for the last 10 years. When he does go to the office, it's a 15 minute drive to train station, 1.25 hour train commute, and a 10 minute walk to the office. Then he does the reverse on the way home.

    But in terms of just getting everyone/everything where they/it needed to be, that was pretty much me. Other parents dread the day their teens get a driver's license. I looked forward to it. (Not that I didn't worry, though...) I swear I pretty much lived in my car the last year before dd got her license. They were both working part-time, in 4-H, and taking classes at the university ("Mom! Do you HAVE to sit in the same building my class is in?!?!").

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    Ours is an unusual situation in that we both mostly work from home and we both teach her, but hubs has 100% of the homeschooling driving duties. He's also the one who gets to sit and "chat" with all those nice Christian homeschool mommies (NOT!). Figure in my commute time on Mon&Fri, we're dead even, drive-time wise. And whoever is closest goes to get milk or whatever at the store.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    It varies...
    When my husband is working, he typically commutes 2-3 hours a day for work and sometimes drives the kids for evening activities.
    When he is between jobs, he does all the driving for the kids activities unless it involves driving other kids too, then he prefers I do the driving.
    So overall, my husband does more driving than I do most days.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    DH works 2mi from our house. I'm all over town. The farthest he goes is to my daughter's preschool (6mi) unless he's doing something schooly with us. We go 18mi to the museum and prob 6+ mi to parks a few times a week. We will stay closer to home in summer, though. The camp we found is less than a mile away for DS. Pool and splash pad within 2mi.
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    Dh works from home. But he's more likely to take the kids to their afternoon activities. And he acts and sometimes has rehearsals in various places.

    I do a good bit of the activity driving. And if there's a long trip in the car, it's often just me and the kids so I'm more likely to drive ten hours in one go.

    So... on balance... probably dh? But we just do really different driving.
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    DH is an engineer working in flood control. He has to drive all over town doing inspections (on dams, ponds, arroyos etc). Ironically, his commute to the office is less than 10 minutes. DH is a hardcore commuter cyclist - it is strange to see him drive so much!

    We are pretty central to most places that offer activities, the distances I drive are usually fairly short. I really don't like driving - so I try to avoid it as much as I can.
    Last edited by RTB; 04-05-2017 at 03:21 PM.
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    My husband travels for a living (he's a roadie, working for a band). He wins.
    Homeschooling: son, 10

    Not homeschooling: daughter, 7

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