Do you ever sit in traffic and wonder whether your life would be easier if the trip to and from work didn’t take so long?
Every. Single. Day.
Every day I do the budget (time and money) for walking, cycling, bus + train and driving options. I usully end up with driving, because the time part of the equation is such a precious one. But I often wonder if there is a medical condition called Mummy Road Rage.
I imagine the typical sufferer of Mummy Road Rage is someone with kids in day care – one that charges by the minute when you are late. They may be single or without family close by for backup. Occasionally their boss asks them to work late, or an urgent project keeps them back a few minutes. And then the race is on. An accident on the route home or a day of heavy traffic can be a disaster.
I have occasionally diagnosed myself with Mummy Road Rage, and then wondered how many other cars are on the road with drivers in the same situation. It’s possible there are millions of us.
It could even be a worldwide problem. New research from the UK reports that three out of four mothers find the school run more stressful than going to work.
Ladies, I hear you.
Four in ten mums even admitted feeling sick at the thought of driving offspring to school.
In the context of our national debate on appropriately flexible day care, it does make you wonder whether, if our commute was easier and shorter, would it be as hard to find the right day care?
There are no easy answers, except for becoming one of The Jetsons and travelling to work like this.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Does the commute make a difference to your daily routine?
Does it influence your decisions about child care?