Feel like a taxi mom? 3 ways to MAKE THE MOST out of your daily drive

Older, wiser moms: “Enjoy staying home all day with your babies and toddlers, because soon they’ll be teenagers and you’ll be driving ALL DAY LONG.”

Me: “Haha. (eye roll) I’m stuck at home and I can’t WAIT to get out of the house more.”

Older, wiser moms: “Aww, so adorable. You’ll see…(laugh, laugh)”

10 years later Me: “I drive for 4-6 hours everyday and I want to claw my eyes out.”

Turns out they were right. Between 3 separate school drop offs, 4 separate school pickups, 10 sports practices, 4 music lessons, 2 youth groups, and about 295 trips to the grocery store, driving feels like my unpaid full time job, and it’s DRIVING me crazy!

I HAD to figure out a better way.

And calling an UBER is too expensive. (Believe me, I’ve looked.)

After studying 1 Corinthians 10:1-14 in our fellowship group at church (listen here), I was convicted about my complaining, I knew I HAD to stop complaining and trust that God had ordained these “driving years” for my good and His glory. They were meant to teach me something and I needed to be a steward of this opportunity.

So here’s 3 things I started doing to make the most of my drive.  These aren’t new or genius-level ideas; you may already be doing these. But for me, it was easy and just what I needed to turn something I dreaded into something I anticipated.

  1. Listening

Audio books:   Ever since my parents got us a subscription to Audible as a birthday gift, this has been a game changer for me. Audio books have made the drive time something I actually LOOK FORWARD to! I’ve actually been known to STAY IN THE CAR when we get home so I can finish listening to the end of the chapter hahaha! The kids have enjoyed listening too.

You can get a subscription to audible.com or download the free Libby app  where you can “borrow” audio books.

Here’s what’s in my “library” right now:

Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Do More Better by Tim Challies

Podcasts:    Some of the most convicting and thought-provoking things I’ve heard in the car have been through Podcasts. They’re relatively short (20-40min) and I’m drawn to the casual conversation style. Again, the kids actually get caught up listening! Don’t feel like you have to turn it off when they hop in the car.

Here are a few of my faves:

Sheologians

Mortification of Spin

Women’s Hope

What Have You

The Briefing

Sermons:    Sermons are the old stand-by. We used to have sermons on “tape” and then on CD, and now through apps. They never get old. I like listening to the sermon I just heard on Sunday morning, it helps me remember and apply it. (James 1:25!!)

Here are my faves:

Grace to You

Cornerstone

Flower Mound Women’s Bible Study

2.  Make phone calls

Making phone calls isn’t something I’m good at. Can you relate? In fact, with the invention of texting, phone calls are becoming obsolete. I certainly would rather text. But that’s not an option while you’re driving. So, one of the ways to maximize your time in the car is to start making calls.

Call to schedule appointments at the doctor, dentist, salon, etc.

Call your friends or girls you’re investing in.

Call your MOM. It doesn’t take long to say hi and catch up a bit while you’re hitting the road. Hi, Mom! 🙂

3. Pray out loud

If you’re by yourself during parts of your drive, praying out loud is a good thing to try. It can feel awkward at first, but it gets easier the more you do it. I find that my mind doesn’t wander while I’m talking out loud, so it’s easier to focus on praying.
It should go without saying, but just in case…DON’T close your eyes. 😉

You may not have any choice in how much you drive each day, but at least you don’t have to WASTE time, you can learn and grow even behind the steering wheel.

So, how long are you in the car? Any other tips for making the most of it?

4 thoughts on “Feel like a taxi mom? 3 ways to MAKE THE MOST out of your daily drive

  1. Hi Beth, A good essay! When you are younger it is hard sometimes to hear the words of an older woman–yet we are told to teach the younger women to love their husbands and love their children. It is hard in this crazy world to not get caught up in the busyness of the activities that can come about. All of the things you listed are great tools–plus in the car you can listen to your children unwind from their hard day on the job, hopefully not at once if you have more than one being picked up at the time. The moments are fleeting and sometimes we miss out on the blessings of the moment when we wish it was something different. Continue on being the loving mom to your children and love your husband in the best way you can this day–after all it will being him great respect from the children when you do.
    Wondering who is the leader of the Flower Mound Bible Study? Tried to find information and wasn’t able to. Can’t wait to read more of your blogs–thanks for sharing–Love to you and have a blessed day. Gertrude Cerone

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    1. Thank you, Gertrude! You have been a faithful “older woman” to so many of us!
      Love that you mentioned listening to your kids in the car too. Good reminder!
      Jen Wilkin is the teacher on the Flower Mound podcast. She is a great Bible teacher and has some excellent books.
      Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  2. Beth, even though we are empty nesters we still do a significant amount of driving. Sermons and podcasts are faves, but a special time is our 45 minute drive home from church; since our daughter Ali is now in New Hampshire, we enjoy our weekly conversation on speaker phone – which always lasts the whole way home! She is due with our 1st grandchild in June so it’s a precious time of sharing and updates!

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