I have always been a big proponent of public transportation – especially the school bus. I always rode it as a child and my kids have always ridden it too, even in kindergarten.
However, about three weeks ago we decided to take a break from the riding the school bus and it has had some interesting effects on our lives.
A few weeks back Walsh was being a little too rambunctious on the bus in the afternoons and was getting into trouble. (This was around the time that it had been so cold for so many weeks and I think they just needed to get out more and play.) We have a lovely bus driver who was very patient with him, but I think we were both tired of talking about him being turned around in his seat or playing rough.
So I decided that I would drop the kids off in the morning and then we would walk as far as we could home in the afternoon. We only have sidewalks about halfway to our house. So I park my car in a neighborhood at the end of the sidewalk. I stroll the baby to the school and then we walk with the kids the half-mile back.
On the plus side for the kids:
Now I am actually losing about an hour and 15 minutes on this deal, and it’s a lot more stressful getting home in time from running errands to walk to meet them that just be at the house. However, the benefits to the kids seem to outweigh my loss of time.
Rose declared last week, “I don’t think I’ll ever ride the bus again.”
I don’t know about that, but for now not riding the bus seems to be a good thing for our family.
Do your kids take the school bus? Do they like to ride it? Do they get in trouble on the bus – especially in the afternoon?
Do you drive your kids to school? Do you drop off in the carpool line or do you walk in with them? Do you ever walk them to or from school? What do you think of the experience?
Is there something to be said for the experience of riding the school bus other than just convenience?