Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Lift Shares – Getting your Family Where They Need To Be

All of us have struggled with getting our kids to the right place at the right time, particularly when there’s a few little ones running around demanding to be taken to football practice, a friend’s house and dance class.

Unfortunately, we parents can’t be in more than one place at a time and this often means that the children are a little late and we’re left stressed and tired from running around all day. Finding the right balance isn’t impossible though and working with a team of other parents can be a great solution to your problems.

While lift shares often arise naturally as the result of friendships or simple necessity, sometimes you may need to go a little further to find some help. Depending on where you’re taking your children, it’s usually a good idea to talk to the organisers of that activity and see whether there’s anyone in a similar situation.

If you’re taking your son or daughter to football practice, just have a quick word with the manager or coach and you may find that there’s someone just down the street that needs help with lifts as well.

However you get into a lift share, it’s important to remember that it’s a relationship that needs to be well balanced and consist of just as much give as take. Just because your new lift share partners have beautiful new crossover cars doesn’t mean that you should be using them more than they find themselves in your vehicle.

You’ll often find that a good lift sharing arrangement can blossom into a good friendship if you both treat each other with respect, so just remember to be there for them when they need a little help too.

Lift shares can also be great for your kids, as they get to meet new people their own age and interact with other children that they may never have met properly otherwise.

By being able to share the load with other people in a similar situation, you both benefit from a less stressful schedule and a little more time to relax and do your own thing. Family life shouldn’t be dictated by a never ending string of car journeys back and forth and, by using lift shares, it no longer needs to be.

Whether you or your partner is the one doing the driving, it is always good to know that you’ve got someone to call on for a helping hand. 

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