I read an article here....
It was entitiled, 7 Rules Not to break in the School Drop-Off (or Pick-Up) line! It is obvious the author has been there, done that!
Rule #1: Do NOT get out of your car. Ever. Not to
“quickly grab” your kid, wave “come on” to your child over the
playground fence, or just say “hi” to your friend in line behind you to
tell her how much fun you had at Girl’s Night Out. Stay in your car. And
when the car in front of you moves, you move.
Rule #2: Put down the cellphone.
Don’t text or type emails. Waiting for your kid in your empty (and
wonderfully quiet) car seems like the perfect opportunity to catch up on
work – but it’s also a distraction. People on their phones don’t notice
the car in front of them has moved, and as we learned in Rule #1, you
know what to do next. More importantly, it’s dangerous. People on their
phones don’t see children darting out between cars to the parents
breaking rule #3.
Rule #3: Don’t double park. Maybe you’re thinking “I’ll just pull up alongside this nice lady here and my kid can run out in front of her and jump in.” No. “But I see my kid right there!” Good. Then you can wave at them to meet you at the end of the line when you circle back around the block. Plus, it’s illegal.
Rule #4: DON’T cut the line.
It doesn’t matter that there is a gap the size of the one in Lauren
Hutton’s smile in front of that BMW ten cars up. We’re all waiting for
them to get off their phone and move up (pop quiz: “What do you do when
the car in front of you moves?”). Zipping into that gap is like cutting
the line at a cupcake shop. You wouldn’t pull that $#*% at Sprinkles,
Rule #5: Leave the PDA at home. You
love your little one and want to send him on his way to school with a
kiss. That’s lovely. You’re cute. But if little Johnny won’t get out of
the car or he’s not ready to say “goodbye,” go park your car and walk
him in. Even better? Install an ejector seat. People are waiting, folks.
Rule #6: The rules of the car drop-off lane apply to everybody, no matter what kind of car you drive. So move your Maserati to the back of the line, dude. You’re giving the 1 percent a bad name.
Rule #7: Move swiftly.
Once your kids locate you, get them into the car and get going. Don’t
sit there in line and have the “how was your day?” discussion with them.
short, a little politeness goes a long way in the car lane (and
beyond). Remember, being behind the wheel of a car doesn’t make you
invisible. We see you. We all see you. Including our children.
So let’s try to set a good example. Now put the phone down… the car in
front of you just moved up.
( I must confess, I do read when sitting in line but I've mastered the art of reading with one eye while watching the car in front of me with the other...won't catch me holding up the line!!!)