More and more often, children are brought to school by car. Parent taxis are very popular. This causes conflicts.
Munich – Parents want their children to arrive safely at school in the morning. In order to ensure a carefree way to school, many therefore rely on a personal parents' taxi. This means that they bring their children as close as possible to the entrance of the school by car. Again and again, this causes heated discussions, as a thread on Twitter now shows. Parents report on curious experiences they have had around the topic of parent taxis.
Parents have "tears in their eyes" because school management bans parent taxis
When it comes to driving children to school by car, it seems that many want to insist on this right. A mother shares her experience of a parents' evening on Twitter. In it, the school management would have drawn the attention of parents to the fact that the students of the first grade should no longer be driven to school by car. She writes: "When the headmistress emphatically pointed this out, the first parents already had tears in their eyes." Apparently not an isolated case, as the reactions to the article show.
Parent taxis often cause a lot of traffic at schools. © Marijan Murat/dpa
Hundreds of people commented on the thread, including a father who explained: "We have been asked to build a glass walkway up to the sidewalk so that the little ones can get out of the car directly into the dry". As an addition, the applicants had suggested to this idea to be able to decorate the desired glass tunnel "to match the season". Do you know the definition of curling parents? If not, then it's high time.
Parents report on Twitter of curious experiences with parent taxis
Another parent also spoke up: "In our class, the children are brought to school by car, although there is a direct bus line that is linked to a maximum of 200 meters of walking. Every 10 minutes. And then people complain about the stress of being stuck in traffic." At the first schools, pupils are already fighting independently against parent taxis.
Another man commented: "People drive their children to school by car because it's too dangerous because of all the cars that drive children to school. People don't realize they're the problem." Experts often associate the parent taxis with so-called helicopter parents, who, according to one psychologist, have even produced a "generation unfit for life".
The ADAC therefore also warns against parent taxis and appeals not to drive children as close to the school as possible. On the one hand, the safety of the general public would be endangered by a high and chaotic volume of traffic, and on the other hand, overprotection would jeopardize "the development of their offspring into independent road users". "Not the shortest, but the safest way to school is the best," says the ADAC.