Benefits to NOT riding the school bus?

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:

  • By not taking the bus in the morning, they get to sleep in an extra half hour, which really does make a difference. They are much happier getting up just thirty minutes later.
  • I love walking them into school each morning. I sit down on the bench in the front hallway and hug them both, tell them that I love them and give them happy thoughts (or remind them to be good!) as they head off to their classrooms. (How much longer will the kids let me do that? Got to take that while I can!)
  • I love going to the school and talking with the other parents, teachers, bus drivers and kids in the afternoon. It feels much more like a community than waiting at your house for the bus to come.
  • I love hearing about their day as we walk. I have their undivided attention – no TV, no searching for snacks, just quiet time to hear what happened at school that day.
  • We are enjoying the walk looking at the trees starting to bloom, noticing the birds that are out and even what was written in the sidewalk when it was wet cement. Stuff you don’t notice from the school bus.
  • They get at least a half-mile of exercise each day. And we have noticed that Rose seems to be falling asleep faster each night and waking up more cheerfully in the morning.
  • I know I will get at least a mile walk in every day (unless it’s raining and then I park closer.).
  • We get home about 30 minutes sooner. So overall they gain an HOUR back from their school day.

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?

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March 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Topic has been up 1.5 hours and zero comments…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
8:31 am

maybe cause everyone is already drunk for ST. Patrick’s day?…..

Van Jones

March 17th, 2010
8:35 am

For all the reasons you posted it seems like the walk is infinitely better than the school bus… at least when the weather is nice.

JJ

March 17th, 2010
8:45 am

Theresa I think that’s WONDERFUL that you walk with the kids. I wish more parents would/could do this.

I drove my daughter to school just about every year, except the middle school years. Both elementary and high school were right on my way to work, and it was very nice to have my child in the car in the mornings. She too could sleep an extra 30 minutes. The bus pulled into our ‘hood at 6:30, but driving, we didn’t have to leave until 7:00…….

But those days are now over. So I suggest you do it as often as possible, and enjoy each and every minute!!!!!!

Andrea

March 17th, 2010
8:48 am

I have always driven my kids to school even though I rode the bus as a child. I really thought my kids enjoyed it – until my son informed me that he would rather ride the bus. I began taking my daughter to school but she now rides the bus in the mornings. She LOVES riding the bus. It doesn’t affect the time they get up. I cook breakfast for them in the mornings before they leave so they still get up at the same time.

All kids seem to “cut up” (I am aging myself with that one) on the bus at some point. As long as it is nothing serious, I don’t make a huge deal out of it.

Robin

March 17th, 2010
8:49 am

Actually, there are a lot of benefits to riding the school bus, but the most important one is safety. You’ll be surprised to hear that on average more than 800 students are killed nationwide each year during school transport hours, and only 20 of them are school bus riders. Not surprisingly, more than half of the fatalities are in teen-driven cars; but what you may not know is that 25% of them are in adult-driven cars–Mom or Dad driving the kids to school. The rest are walkers and bike riders. In addition to safety, the school bus contributes to socialization, allowing kids relatively unstructured time for interacting with each other. And while not all of those interactions are pleasant ones, learning to deal with sometimes difficult peers is an important part of growing up.
Some of the more indirect benefits of riding the bus are reducing your environmental footprint, saving fuel, and reducing traffic congestion.
You make a good case for your decision not to use the bus: there’s no denying the health benefits to both you and your children in walking part way to school, and because you accompany them, you are mitigating the safety risk. You also avoid adding to the traffic congestion at the school by parking further out in the neighborhood, and you cut your fuel usage and pollution in half by driving only half way. And of course, the intangible benefit of time together is, as the ads say, priceless. But I hope that other parents, particularly those of teenagers, recognize the benefits of the school bus. As kids get older, it becomes less cool to take the bus; but a teen is 44 times more likely to arrive at school alive if he rides the bus than if he drives or rides with a friend. One of the best things we as parents can do to keep our older kids safe and healthy is to make them take the bus to school.

KAW

March 17th, 2010
8:49 am

I think it is great that you are able to walk to school. I wish more parents would either walk to school or let their kids take the bus. We have a lot of parents that do carpool at our school and all the cars on the road are a safety hazard and are adding more pollution to the air.

Driver

March 17th, 2010
8:51 am

I drive my kid 45 minutes every morning to school. I have been driving him nearly that far every weekday morning for his whole life. We leave at 7AM. We have fun in the car. We listen to music and sing, or we talk about things.

I don’t really like him to ride the bus, even to field trips, although I don’t say he can’t. He asked me why the bus doesn’t have seat belts and I said, “I don’t know”.

Can anyone answer that question?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
8:55 am

I’ve always felt strongly about the bus because of the fuel and the emissions. I think at some point we will go back but right now this feels like what we should be doing.

the only problem with the sleeping later is they are getting in about 15 later than they would on the bus. they are still 20 mins before school starts but the big thing now at schools is morning work so my daughter says she’s getting into trouble because she’s not having time to finish all her morning work —- it’s before the bell even rings!!!! so that may push us back on the bus in the morning –it’s stupid for me to drive them at 8:15 if the bus picked them up at 8:11 or whatever time —- so we’ll see how that shakes out with the morning work!

Catherine

March 17th, 2010
8:57 am

I know my 5-year-old daughter would have loved it if we could walk to school. She often asks if it would be possible for us to move to one of those new homes that are being built right across the street from the school so she could walk to school every day. I know I’d enjoy the “undivided attention”, too. It just makes me sad that I don’t have a choice, as I have a full-time job.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
8:58 am

I can actually answer the seat belt question –we did a story on it when I ran News for Kids at the ajc — — there are multiple reasons for no seat belts on the bus —- first off the seats are positioned such that in a wreck the seat in front of the child would stop them from flying forward. The seats are higher and padded and spaced relatively close together. also they think it would be hard for the kids to latch the seat belts and you can’t have a bus driver doing it for them — also in an emergency the seat belts would hinder the child from safely evacuating the bus. I’m not saying I agree with all those reasons but that is why.

iRun

March 17th, 2010
9:02 am

I live in an intown neighborhood with lots of sidewalks. Because I live a half mile from the school my son isn’t eligible for the bus. So we mostly walk.

Actually, he’s in the third grade and we have a crossing guard at the one major road so I let him walk by himself. It’s really not scary. There are usually dozens of families walking, either from their house or they’ve parked on our street so they can walk the rest of the way (very hard to get close-in parking to the school). So, he’s not really walking by himself.

But that’s just 2 days a week. The other 3 days he goes to after-school care and they pick them up. But that’s not far from home, either, so I often walk to get him and we walk home. That’s a little less than a mile.

Why in the world would anyone drive if they don’t have to?

Becky

March 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Theresa, I’m with Van on this one..I walked to school my entire school “life”..Enjoyed every day of it..When my 2 are with me during the week, I drive them and we all love it..As driver said, we talk, sing and just enjoy being with each other..

TnT's Mom

March 17th, 2010
9:04 am

You make many valid points, but for some of us the bus is the only option. I work full time in the opposite direction of school. Besides, my younger son in middle school likes the bus. It gives them time to socialize and as someone else said time to learn how to handle conflict.

P F

March 17th, 2010
9:05 am

When I was in second grade, my dad use to take us to school on his way to work (only one car). The good was that he would stop on his payday and we would get an oatmeal creampie for our lunch. The bad was that we were pretty much late. He would always try to make us feel better by saying “look, you aren’t the only ones late” when he saw another kid running late. His procrastination came to a head when my little brother was consistently tardy while a freshmen due to my dad “moving a little slow” in the mornings. My brother came home with detention. He was never late again. I enjoyed the bus. It gave me some independence. I just wish the schools would be built more within the neighborhoods like they use to be where kids could walk the 1/2 mile like I used to do. Oh well.

MLM

March 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Chris

March 17th, 2010
9:06 am

I have a kindergartner and a 3 year old. My wife and I both work. We tried riding the bus for a few months, but the pickup time was 6:45am. (Way too early for kids that young…) It was brutal trying to juggle both kids on different time lines in the morning. So I started driving them. I get them up at 6:30 and we are in the car by 7:10 so that I can make the first drop by 7:30 and the second drop by 8:00 en route to the office.

It works alot better…the girls get a bit more sleep and get social time with each other in the morning during the drive. And I only have to manage one time line / departure time. I’m also able to feed our kindergartner before she gets to school using that extra 25-30 minutes we gain each morning.

Unless my office or work situation changes I don’t anticipate using the bus for awhile.

Driver

March 17th, 2010
9:06 am

I wish we lived closer to his school too.

Like a lot of people, i am currently stuck in a house.

Rectal Bleeding

March 17th, 2010
9:07 am

We walked to school. Anyone that got a ride was considered week and got picked on or beat up…..Even the kid in the wheelchair…And he was my brother! I say keep walking and turn your boys in to men. Further, school bus drivers are morons. I’ve yet to see one adhere to the speed limit, use turn signals, or yield the right of way. Driving a school bus does not give one unfettered access to the roadways.

Male Chauvinist And Proud Of It!

March 17th, 2010
9:13 am

“Topic has been up 1.5 hours and zero comments…”

Probably because they fell asleep while reading. Sorry, but this one’s a snoozer!

FCM

March 17th, 2010
9:17 am

I drive mine to school daily. The bus stop where we live is on a busy street with a dangerous curve. The children there are often unsupervised and act stupid. I would be fine with that except for the busy street. The day one child gets hit by a car….Anyway, I enjoy driving them. They have expressed no interest in riding the bus the few times it has been mentioned. Mostly because they agree they hate the bus stop. They have ridden with friends on mornings that I have early meetings. Mine actually like the quiet bus stops where traffic isn’t an issue.

I don’t walk them into the school as much as I did in years past. I do the carpool lane.

Since they are in after-care I do drive them every night as well. It gives me time to just listen to them…even if it is just them talking to each other I learn what happened in their day. This carries straight into the house where I have a no TV before dinner rule.

The best times were when my youngest was still in Pre-school though. We would walk big sister to the school and wave at her. Then we would walk back to the car singing silly songs and stuff. Then it was just us to pre-school. Then me off to work. SIGH. Good memories.

I think this like everything else is up to the parent. It is your family, you do not have to use the school bus. Do what is right for your child(ren).

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
9:25 am

Male — I can’t have sex up every day! sorry transporting your child and the health of your child are boring you —-

mom2boys

March 17th, 2010
9:31 am

My kids rode the bus through elementary and middle school, but for various reasons of needing to be at school early or picked up after practice, I have driven them most days to high school. I learned with my oldest that it was the best time to have uninitiated, uninterrupted conversations — not usually about anything really important, although many times it is and that’s what makes it worthwhile. My last one is a sophomore now, and will be driving himself next year. My husband grumbles but he doesn’t understand that the few minutes we spend in the car is time that I cherish.

Theresa, I say take it while you can. Time is the most precious commodity you have. High school and college may seem light years away right now, but it will be here before you know it. Anything you can do now to establish a communication bond will help you later. And they will be headed out the door soon enough — give them something special to remember.

ZachsMom

March 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Zach has always had to rid e the bus to school. I get up for work at 3:10 in the morning and you can’t drop them off that early nor can you pick them up at 5:30 in the afternoon. I think that it has made him more responsible. He has to get up, eat, get dressed and get on the bus by himself every morning (I do get one day off during the week, so he MIGHT get to go to the carpool lane).

Missing the bus means that you might miss the whole day and the afterschool activities that happen.

Chip Van Distenkamp

March 17th, 2010
9:33 am

Hurray for you – not only are you spending quality time with your kids, you’re giving them and yourself exercise and time away from the media devices that waste too much of our time.

Lori

March 17th, 2010
9:38 am

Getting a bit snippy this morning, are we!!

I always hated the bus when I was a kid. The drivers were jerks, the other kids were jerks, we were crammed in like sardines, and it was either too hot or too cold. Why subject my child to that if I’m perfectly capable of driving him to school? The whole thing about “it’s safer to ride the bus”, or “only wooses ride with their parents” etc are just crap. You do whatever works out better for your family.

mom2alex&max

March 17th, 2010
9:41 am

The bus comes so dang early around here, that there is no way we could be ready in time. My husband drives them on his way to go. They do take it in the afternoons and they don’t like it very much because we are almost the last stop. But I hate carpool at our school (it takes FOREVER to get in and out) and I can’t justify picking them up and putting another car on the road.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
9:44 am

I have no patience for the carpool line either and that’s why I like the walk solution — the carpool at our school releases after the buses so they would be sitting longer waiting to leave and then you’re sitting in line for 30 mins. with the walk up they actually are released first and you just start walking home — no car line. I wish that we could walk all the way — it’s odd where they stopped the sidewalk.

Michelle

March 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Most days my little guys rides the bus to and from school. Now that the hubby is working closer to home, he takes him to school on occasion. He enjoys the bus ride, and like Walsh, was having a few problems on the afternoon ride home! It has improved somewhat.

I think riding the bus is a good place for them to have interaction with several ages of kids without being totally alone. This also helps him meet other kids in the neighborhood!

Rectal Bleeding

March 17th, 2010
9:53 am

Who needs a sidewalk? We didn’t have any. Sure it was kind of dangerous…..Heck, Lil Chucky got bit by a snake…..Didn’t stop us from going to school.

The problem is, we are doing too much for the children. They grow up expecting things to be done for them…..Rides to school, altered test scores, several women at once(the Tiger Woods treatment)…….I never expected anything and to this day, do not. I bet every one of you with kids experience moments where your kids expect something for nothing. It all starts with rides to school. Walk, or take the bus with the kids who sit in the back and smoke. It will make you a better person…..Worked for me.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 17th, 2010
9:54 am

RB — I’m pushing a stroller so I need sidewalks — also is a very busy curvy street!! you need the sidewalks.

With a handle like R. B.

March 17th, 2010
10:00 am

…yeah, it made you a better person!?!?!?!?!?

JATL

March 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Depending on where my little ones wind up going, I think we’ll always walk or drive and drop-off. When theyr’e older kids, they’ll definitely be able to ride their bikes. Out of three possibilities for elementary school, 1 is an easy walk, another is a good walk and the third would be a definite drive or in later years -a bike ride.

My husband and I have already decided we’re definitely anti-bus! We both had a number of bad experiences on school buses and quite honestly they seem to be petri-dishes for trouble. I realize some kids MUST ride the bus. Growing up, my school was 20 miles away, so there was no option but the bus. If you can walk or bike though -that’s the way to go!

deidre_NC

March 17th, 2010
10:13 am

theresa my kids loved the bus when they were younger then of course wanted to ride with friends as they got their liscenses…when my youngest son was in kindegarten we lived right at a mile from school, so i would either walk him plast that mile marker and let him ride the bus or on pretty days we would walk the mile to school. imo any good time you can spend with your kids is worth it. lots of reasons posted above but to me the time yall are spending outside, together, looking at nature is the best reason..keep doing it…but riding is ok for some reasons, i never have been impressed with the ability of a bus driver to be able to handle driving the bus and dealing with unruly kids…how safe is that..

motherjanegoose

March 17th, 2010
10:17 am

T…I thought you liked RB….you did mention it last week. Me…not so much…:)
Of course, there are those on this blog who do not like me either!

We live less than 2 miles from our elementary school. It would have made complete sense for the county to put the sidewalks in, like they had planned to do, 12 years ago. We now have dozens of Mamas who are driving to school. There are days you cannot even get out of the neighborhood. I have to watch what time I am leaving.

I walked to school in Middle School and walked home for lunch. Those days seem to be gone.

I think the walking part is awesome, as you get exercise and fresh air.

The bus does come awfully early ….6:30 for HS in our neighborhood. My daughter did not get her license until a month ago. It is $70 for the permit for Seniors to be able to park for the entire year. She is wondering if she should get one now since we are so close to the end of the year. Kinda pricey.
She has been riding with a girlfriend, on the next block and chipping in for gas as she does pull down our street and allow her to hop in.

I think they should give some sort of perk for students who carpool. They do it for many adults. Maybe a better parking spot? We have at least 15 kids within 2 blocks who are heading to the same high school at the same time each day.

Regarding kids who are acting up due to cold weather….this makes me laugh.
Since Tiger is always debating issues…I would like him to weigh in on how the kids in Colorado could perhaps be more difficult than those in Florida, due to the weather…yeah right! What about those kids in Alaska…I thought they seemed like normal kids when I met them.

Becky

March 17th, 2010
10:21 am

@Lori…Uh, not all drivers are jerks..My 2 nieces (high school) loved their bus driver the last 2 years..Life is what you make of it and it sounds to me like you are the one making things bad..Just my opinion..

I do think though that buses make way to many stops..They shouldn’t have to make a stop at each kids house..Why can’t they stop at every 3rd or 4th house?

S

March 17th, 2010
10:23 am

So are you going to switch to dropping the kids off in the morning, but still picking them up in the afternoon? That sounds like a good compromise.

Rectal Bleeding

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

Let me explain why some of you DON’T have sidewalks. You bought in to the moronic concept that municipalities can function with decreased revenue, that is, tax cuts. Remember? Cut taxes and balance the budget? We’ve been doing that 30 years and now it has come to this. the lack of sidewalks are just the tip of the problem, but illustrate just what happens when you:

- Reduce incoming revenue
- Increase spending

Did some of you really think it was possible to do that?

Sorry to hijack the blog. Sidewalks would be nice for some of you, however, it will not happen anytime soon.

motherjanegoose

March 17th, 2010
10:27 am

@ WOW…first comment….it looks like more posts at this time today than at this time yesterday…maybe a few folks are interested…you never know!

As Theresa once pointed out…there are lots of people who read the blog but do not post and she can see the numbers for that.

Mom

March 17th, 2010
10:31 am

When weather is nice, my husband and/or I walk our daughter to school, we live 0.8 mile away from school. No, she doesn’t get school bus because we are not over a mile radius. I love our morning walks, there’s no big road or intersection, so traffic, school is in our neighborhood. After we drop her to school, we both drive separately to work ((wish it was a walking distance too). I am a head of walk to school day for my daughter’s school, on walk to school day, a lot of parents park their cars at a church close to our. Theresa, all the benefits you listed walking kids to school, I enjoy all of them. Regarding school buses, my daughter never get to ride school bus, but I have a few concerns; I believe these buses ought to have a monitor/conductor because a driver needs to concentrate on driving. I have heard all these stories about kids fighting on the bus, screaming etc. Driver shouldn’t get involved with all these distractions. What do you all think about having a person (monitor/conductor) on bus?

motherjanegoose

March 17th, 2010
10:31 am

@ RB…there are sidewalks to the left of the entrance of our neighborhood
( put in since that neighborhood was built about 5 years ago…7 years after ours) but not to the right….WHERE THE SCHOOL IS. Can you explain that? Was there a blip on the radar for funding and the tax money went to the left and not to the right ( no pun intended :).

Mom

March 17th, 2010
10:32 am

Correction:
I meant NO TRAFFIC “so traffic, school is in our neighborhood. “

deidre_NC

March 17th, 2010
10:34 am

@mom…i think that should be a law…theres no way a driver can handle unruly behavior and still be concentrating on the job..that should be their only job..DRIVING…im all for bus monitors…not sure how the schools would pay for that…maybe have it as a community service project for juniors and seniors of something like that

June

March 17th, 2010
10:37 am

My daughter is in 4th grade and has always ridden the bus to and from school until January of this year. Now her father and I get her to school and she is picked up by the after-school sitter who picks up her daughter. We had to remove our children from the bus for safety reasons. Unlike your bus driver who noticed and did something about misbehavior and rule-breaking on the bus, my daughter’s bus driver didn’t. He ignores bad behavior – standing in the aisles, fighting, deliberate tripping students and incessant ‘picking’ on smaller children – to the point of tears. What capped it all off was the day my daughter was on the bottom step exiting the bus when the bus driver decided to close the door and start the bus without checking that the doorway was clear. My daughter yelled, “I’m still here” to which the bus driver reacted by slamming on the brakes causing my daughter to almost fall and then he threw open the door and said, “I thought you already left.” When I complained about this, the transportation office and an assistant principal at the school jumped right on the problem; questioned several children who didn’t witness what happened. Never questioned the sitter and her daughter who both saw it happen. Told me that the driver had a different story from my daughter’s story, but wouldn’t tell me what his story was. A supervisor road with the driver and said his driving seemed to be fine. But no one could tell me if he was disciplined and/or in what way he was disciplined because this was a privacy issue between the driver and his employer. I disagree, but can’t seem to get anywhere with my complaints and concerns, so my daughter no longer rides the bus and neither does her friend where she stays after school. I understand that misbehavior is escalating and no one has been disciplined yet. Why don’t other parents complain? Mostly because they have no choice except to put their children on the bus. It is difficult for us in the mornings, but we do what we have to do because we no longer feel it is safe for our child to ride the bus.

DB

March 17th, 2010
10:41 am

I never rode the bus until 10th grade, because we always lived within walking distance of the school. I was a “walker.” We always felt a little sorry for the kids on the bus, because they HAD to hop on that bus after school — we walkers could be a little more leisurely about making our way home. In 10th grade, I moved to the senior high, and took the bus for the first year. The next summer, before I turned 17, I bought my first car (a 10 year old Dodge Dart, for $300), and didn’t ride the bus after that.

Theresa, I think your new routine sounds wonderful! It may be an hour out of your day, but it sounds like it significantly improves the quality of everyone’s day. We ended up driving our children to school from K – 10th, because it was 10 miles away. There was a private bus service, but it cost extra (about $1,100 a year), picked up at an ungodly early hour, and had to make so many stops that even with us leaving the house 20 minutes after the bus met at a shopping center near us, we still beat the bus in by 5 or 10 minutes. My son drove himself, and then his sister, after he received his license.

deidre_NC

March 17th, 2010
10:42 am

june i had a similiar experience with my youngest daughter…not with the bus almost taking off but with the driver not able to respond to kids who were harrasing the other kids…i suggested a monitor and was told i could do it if i wanted to lol..grrrr…i couldnt because..duh!! i had to work…

I Report/You Decide

March 17th, 2010
10:42 am

RB @ 10:26, you need to get over the moronic concept that politicians can be trusted to spend our money responsibly. If you think your taxes are too low, why don’t you send Sonny Perdue a check?

motherjanegoose

March 17th, 2010
10:54 am

@ WOW…first comment….I’ve got it…folks were too busy looking for something GREEN to wear today and thus could not comment earlier…
I packed a GREEN turtleneck just for today…:)

TechMom

March 17th, 2010
10:54 am

When my son went to public school, the buses simply came to early (an hour and a half before school when the schools are 2 & 4 miles away is a bit excessive). He needed the sleep- heck, I needed the sleep! When he went to 6th grade he took the bus home b/c car riders weren’t let out of school until the buses left, which meant he could make it home before we could get out of the parking lot if I picked him up. Our county does not plan well and therefore schools are typically not in neighborhoods nor are there sidewalks nearby. It really is a safety issue for us.

I lived within walking/ bicycling distance during elementary school so never took a bus until middle school. While is was fun socially (most of the time), there was a lot of stuff that happened on the bus that I would not want to put my kid in the middle of or tempt him with (I’m quite sure he’d be in the middle of some of the stupid stuff). Kids were mean to each other and the bus driver. One of the biggest games was to see how many times we could get the bus driver to pull over on the way home from school by being loud, throwing stuff, throwing things out the window, etc. The buses were crowded (3 to a seat is NOT safe). By the time I got to HS it was even worse because the fights had escalated over stupid stuff like where someone was going to sit. I was so thrilled when I became a junior a bunch of friends got cars so I could finally get off the ‘cheese wagon’.

mrs.w

March 17th, 2010
11:05 am

I wish I could drive or even walk my kids to school because they have not had a postitive experience on the bus and mainly because I would have more time to spend with. When I didn’t have kids I desperately wanted to be a career woman, running corporate America..until I had kids. Now, I desperately wish I was a stay at home mom. Interesting how life turns out.