Parents Are Stupid When Picking Up Their Kids


Things were simpler when kids just walked to school. There was a need to have a few crossing guards along the way, but that was about it. The biggest problem at my school growing up was not enough bike racks.

Now, the parking lots are too small.

Head to any school between 2:30 and 3:30 and you’ll think there was a warehouse sale on Mom Jeans inside. SUVs line the block up and down and around my sons school every day at dismissal.

The moms sit there pecking away at their smartphones (I say “Moms” because the ratio of Moms to Dads at school pick-up is that of an Oprah audience). while their Land Rovers and X5s and Caravans purr away. Dismissal at my son’s school is 3:25, show up any later than 3 and you’re walking a block or more to get a spot – it’s a competitve sport.

Daily emails come from the school, often with reminders about parking lot etiquette and safety. People will park in the drop off lane, they will pull U-Turns when not allowed, or they will get in full blown shouting matches. It’s ridiculous.

Today I arrived at the school at 3:10. Too late to get a prime spot, I drove slowly down the lane until I found an almost big enough spot.

(That’s the other things about Moms and their SUVs, you sit up so high, the hood so large, that you cannot see where your front or back is – so 2/3 of a small car spots are left up and down the street.)

I pulled even with the Land Rover and tooted her. She ignored me. I tooted again and gave a polite shrug and gesture asking her to scootch into the 6+ feet in front of her so I could slide in behind. (see pic below)


She pretended to ignore me for another second before looking up and dropping an eff bomb on me.

Really? We’re at an elementary school to pick up our young kids, I ask you to scootch your car so I can pick up my kid and you tell me to go eff myself? I rolled down my passenger window, and leaned on my horn. For 15 seconds.

She didn’t budge. She put her face back in her phone and pretended to ignore me. The car behind tooted at me, and had moved back so I could have room. I pulled in.

I then went to the Land Rover window to say “What the -? I just wanted you to move.” She pretended to ignore me again, and then pulled her iPhone out and took my picture.

So that just happened.

She then pecked away at her text messages and put the phone to her ear as if she was calling authorities.

The woman who had backed up is actually one of the parking lot supervisors. I’ve shared shocked conversations with her about parent behaviour as I walked my son to school in the past. She couldn’t believe what she had seen, but at the same time recognized it as typical.

I tried waiting for Land Rover, knowing she’d have to eventually get out of the car to get her kid, but I couldn’t make my son wait any longer. By the time I had gotten back from getting my son, she was gone.

Moral of the story? Life is so much easier, and much less stupid when our kids walk to school.

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  1. Lesli C-K January 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Holy hanna what drama! I detested elementary school pickup and am so glad my kids are in jr&sr high, sigh, awful parental role modelling happens in those lower grades. (Not to say it completely disappears in the older grades).

  2. Natalie January 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    The u turns and stopping in the middle of the street and blocking driveways and parking like idiots makes me mental. The city police have a veritable cash cow at any school in the city. It would be nice to see them there pulling in the cash somedays

  3. Nico1e January 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm


    I subbed in a cloverdale Highschool today. The kids acted snobby, entitled and unappreciative. It’s a wonder where they get it from, eh?

    As my dad says, (shaking his head): “Some people’s kids….”

    Where are the common-sense police when you need them?

  4. Victoria January 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    There’s a school in Vancouver on Comox a few blocks from Denman. When school lets out these ignorant parents line the curb on the south side despite No Stopping/No Parking signs.
    The other side of the street is permit parking so when these entitled idiots park on the other curb the street becomes 1 lane with cars from both directions getting stuck head to head.
    There’s a fully marked crosswalk just up ahead and more parking – real 2hr parking not illegal parking a block away. But the parents are too lazy to park far away. I’m sure that teaches kids a great lesson. Park illegally because its convenient.
    I even once asked a guy to move so traffic could get thru and he said to me “you expect my kid to cross the street?! F-U!”
    The way this parent reacted to you is just as horrible and ignorant as how the guy reacted to me. But seriously, just park farther away. Save yourself the hassle and teach your kid walking a short distance isn’t going to kill you or them.

  5. Jen January 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve had something similar happen to me. I went to pick my son up from school and parked my car and got out to meet my son. A woman go out her running car and told me to move because her daughter wouldn’t see her car because I was “blocking her view” I told her to just go meet her daughter like the rest of us and then I walked away. I don’t understand this mentality of some parents. Now I just park on a side street and walk to meet my son. I can’t be bothered to get into school yard fights with other moms

  6. Rhonda January 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Try living across the street from a local private French School. You can’t even get close to your house with a car! I mean dont think you can get near your front door. Parents block the alley way so you can’t even get to you garage. Couldn’t imagine if a fire occurred in one of the houses on the street during pick up time, fire department couldn’t get in. Truly amazing. And forget asking any of the parents or nannies to move so you can access the alley or get near your house front because yes you will be told off. Walk your dog on your own sidewalk on your own street and you run the risk of getting told off for doing so when children who may have allergies are present. I have many many more stories but I think you get the idea.

  7. sunhee January 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Laziness, entitlement, selfishness, ignorance…great lessons these parents are teaching our future generation..

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