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Smarts with a Side of Sass

English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, Stephanie Jankowski subscribes to the mantra: Life is too short, laugh! A mother of three in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she spends way too much time caring if her kids' socks match.

Stephanie is a freelance writer for We Are Teachers, published in the bestselling parenting humor anthologies I Just Want to Be Alone, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, and co-directs the annual live-reading celebration of motherhood, Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh. She also makes a mean ham barbecue, but unless you're a 'Yinzer,' that probably means nothing to you.

Her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, is full of hilariously sassy musings on being a woman, mother, and educator. Steph was famous for six seconds when her pieces I Put My Husband First and The Worst Mother I've Ever Seen went viral in 6 different countries and more than 10 languages. Her parents still think she caught the flu from the Internet.

It Takes a Village. Or, Everyone Drive My Kids Places, Please!

I can manage to feed, clothe, and nurture my children. I’m okay at helping with homework, keeping the house semi-clean, and imparting wisdom when the occasion calls for it. The one thing I’m particularly bad at is getting them where they need to be and on time. Now with school back in session, they’re going lots of places and every time I put another reminder to “drop off” or “pick up” on my phone, I die a little inside.

Carpooling is the only thing that will keep me sane. Will keep US sane. Let’s say it together. Put your hand over your heart and repeat after me: “We will carpool because we are not afraid to ask for help. Carpooling is right. Carpooling is good. I will read and follow these tips for successful carpools so my friends don’t want to punch me in the throat. Amen.”

Carpooling at its finest.

Tips for a More Copacetic Commute

Let’s stop punching the ozone in the face, shall we? There are so many things we can do to make the earth a better, cleaner place for our children’s children, and one of the easiest is to limit the number of cars on the road.

Now you’re all, what?! How am I getting to work?!

You’re carpooling, silly! But hear this: a joined commute can be stressful if you’re relying on and riding with toolbags. So follow these tips for a more copacetic commute.