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Do you ever feel like your kids treat you as something of a taxi service? Do you ever wish you actually had a meter installed, so you could at least be earning a bit of extra cash while you drove them around?
That would be cool wouldn’t it?
‘No problem love,’ I’d say to Belle in a cockney accent, ‘I can drive you to dance – it’ll cost you six paaaand.’ (That’s me doing the accent.)
Of course it would never work – teenagers notoriously have no money because they spend it all on frappuccinos and make-up palettes. What they DO have though is TIME (when they’re not watching important videos on Tik-Tok and practicing make-up looks) and ENERGY (if you catch them after a frappuccino.)
And when you have a taxi fare to pay, TIME + ENERGY = CHORES.
That’s the theory behind the ŠKODA Parent Taxi App – start the meter running when you set off, and depending on how far you travel, and how generous you are with the settings, your time and trouble gets repaid to you in the form of chores completed by your grateful teen.
Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it?
A little while ago, ŠKODA invited me and Belle to have a play with the app, and put together a short video of us where I drive about and try to look young and cool and Belle tolerates me. It’s less than a minute and gives you a good overview of what the ŠKODA Parent Taxi App involves:
The theory then is sound – swap car journeys for help around the house and everyone’s a winner. How does it work in practice though? Will Belle be a willing participant, or might the app cause tension between us? Will I be more inclined to drive her into town if I get a cup of tea for my troubles?
To evaluate the ŠKODA Parent Taxi App properly, ŠKODA loaned us a car to play with, and we used the app over the course of two weeks, testing the functionality and noting any issues it raised. It turned out it actually gave me quite a lot to think about in a much broader sense than I was expecting, and made me think a lot about our parent/child dynamic. You can read the follow up post here for some thoughts on teenagers, independence and how on earth you get the right balance.
Check back later this week for an in-depth look at how we got on and in the meantime why not download the ŠKODA Parent Taxi app and give it a try? (There are loads of fun pictures on the site too of me making Belle do chores!)
Do you drive your kids around a lot? Do you think this could work for you?