Extracurricular Activities – Would you drive your teenager to a 6 a.m. practice?

This morning my son went for an interview at 6 a.m. to possibly be a coxswain with his school’s rowing team. Now he has not decided himself whether or not to participate, because of the time commitment. Practices are every morning at 6 a.m. and sometimes earlier when the weather is nice. Getting up at 5:15 a.m. five days a week is tiring, not just for him, but for mom & dad too. Why? Well, we would have to drive him to practice if we wanted our car (we are a one car family), otherwise he would be leaving much earlier to take two buses down to either the bayfront (where he would have to walk a few blocks) or the two buses to school. So, if he decides yes, and is accepted onto the team, do we let him participate? To be fair, his sister’s who were on the school soccer team, had twice weekly practices that we drove them to, but they were at least at 7 a.m. Hubby works shift work, so he could drive the teenage boy a few times a week and even on day shift, he could drive, come home, and still have enough time to walk to work. Being disabled, mornings are not my best time of day, so if dad couldn’t drive, I would most likely give the son the car for the day.

What would you do?

11 Replies to “Extracurricular Activities – Would you drive your teenager to a 6 a.m. practice?”

  1. That’s going to be very tiring, for all of you. Perhaps once you’ve got into a routine you might find ways to make it easier, at least if you’ve found someone to take turns driving with that helps. Good luck!

  2. It’s a tough one, this! Do any of the other members of the team live relatively close by, so that perhaps your partner could give lifts a couple of days and your son could get a lift from somebody else other days?

    1. Well the decision has been made and he is on the rowing team. We have no relatives in town, there is one team member who doesn’t live to far from us, so it looks like we can take turns driving. Next week practices start at 5:15 am on the water. Oh joy!

  3. tough one! Can’t he cycle? or is it too far, that would help with his fitness levels as well! Always hard to say no when your children have ambition to achieve!

I'd love to hear what you have to say