easy child is going to our district's GATE magnet middle school this year -- it's about 8 miles away in the next town. An old friend from the elementary school she went to two years ago is also going to this school and the mom asked me about carpooling this year. It's the same school difficult child 2 went to last year and we did carpool with another family, which worked out great. The dad picked up the kids in the afternoon and I took the morning route. So I figured we could work out a similar arrangement with this family, plus easy child gets along pretty well with the daughter and they live fairly close to us. Well apparently things don't look so simple for this other mom, and she's been talking to another mom who now has TEN families on this carpool list and she added us to it. To make matters more sticky, I see three names on the list who I KNOW easy child does not like to be around and quite frankly, I don't want to deal with these kids either (can you say spoiled brats from families that have too much money and not enough time for their kids so they just throw more money at the problem). I think I'm going to show easy child the list and see if there's anyone else she knows and would be willing to carpool with, and if not, we'll quietly bow out of this mess. Although there are quite a few kids from her class last year that are going to this new school, I don't think any of them live near us. This just does not seem worth the aggravation to me.