It’s a typical kid/parent problem with an easy solution, right? Last fall, my oldest totally tried to scam me when it came to whether he’d be a car rider or a bus rider, and his little butt ended up taking the bus.
But, it doesn’t work that way for every child.
Not even for every child in my family.
Sometimes, it’s different.
Even though the school is only about a mile from our house, the whole process of being a bus rider is too much for my kindergartener.
It means waiting in the cafeteria with all the other bus riders for about 20-30 minutes.
It gets really loud in there.
The kids sit in tables by buses, not by grades: so there’s lots of big kids mixed in with the littles.
And the teachers who aren’t out at the car line circulate or stand together at the front of the room.
The waiting, the noise, the mixed ages, the not-so-close supervision: it could spell trouble for any child.
But if you have a child like my kindergartener, who has PDD-NOS and ADHD and sensory issues, it’s different.
And then there’s the ride home: the bus that circles around before stopping at our house, making a five minute drive(if you get stuck at the light at the school) become more like 20.
Again: the kids, the noise, not as much supervision.
Could cause issues for any child, but for mine it’s different.
Riding the bus after the long wait- he might shut down… or have the opposite reaction and lash out.
Maybe he would refuse to move out of his seat or maybe he’d try to get off at the wrong stop because he wanted off the bus.
Even with his big brother there to help him.
All that so that I don’t have to take 10-15 minutes out of my day to make the trip to school and back?
Not worth it.
So the Well, I’d just make mine ride the bus comment from the peanut gallery doesn’t work because sometimes, it’s different.
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