Re: rider program
Girl, there are a lot more of us "Mother Truckers" out here than you'd think. My kids do their best to understand. I try to talk to them and help with homework and send post cards or little gifts whenever I can. It will be so very hard and take super strength to remember your longterm goals when all you want to do is run home to them.
Home-schooling on the road...I don't think it really qualifies for trucking. Sometimes the school can work with you and set you up with lessons for a week or two if that's what you meant. Keep in mind it is stressful and hard enough your first few weeks, and months on your own, just trying to do your job and take care of yourself. I don't know how old your kids are, but maybe at first you can just take them on "practice" runs like when you're passing by home on your last run before home-time. It's a lot more pleasant for everyone if you can find out your child loses interest after 30min when your a night or two from home than weeks from home.
Just focus on taking care of yourself at first and talking to other parents who have their kids in truckstops. I guess you really gotta feel this one out on your own based on your particular company's policies and children's personalities. May I suggest in the meantime, you set them and you up with computers with webcams so that you can help them with homework or if they're younger, read them bedtime stories?
Good luck. When and where do you plan to start schooling?
I love to keep in touch with other female truckers and would like to exchange further contact info later on.
Last edited by sept_never_ends; 05-17-2010 at 03:18 AM.