4 Reasons to Make Your Kid Ride the School Bus

Mom Moment 31

waiting for busI have a message out there for all the moms who loathe morning drop-off. If you've got busing in your school district, it's time to give it a try. It will change your life.

I know, I know. You've heard horror stories about the bus, where your precious little dumpling risks learning that Santa is not real and the true meaning of bumping uglies at the tender age of 5. I'm not going to lie; there are some bratty kids on the school bus these days.

But did I mention I put my kid on a school bus every morning? And some 25 million other kids in this country ride a bus every day?

And I wouldn't have it any other way ...

It's so much better than drop-off.

No. Really. Let's talk about this:

1. You have to get dressed for morning drop-off.

This morning I walked to the bus stop wearing the same t-shirt I wore to bed. I threw a hoodie on over it and a pair of sweatpants, but still, I don't consider that "getting dressed." Do you?

This is one of the things I love most about taking advantage of the marvelous modern convenience known as the school bus.

2. You don't have to get up too early. You see, we are not morning people in my house. I'm not. My husband isn't. And my daughter definitely is not.

But when I drop her off at school, I have to rise early so I can jump in the shower and do a full morning routine (even we married ladies have to look presentable when we show up in the school driveway; you don't want it following your kid through their elementary school career that they are the one whose mom dropped them off in her curlers). 

3. You don't waste time. But, but, but you'd thinking rising early would be great for my day, really get me going? Wrong-o!

Because school drop-off is nothing but a giant time-suck. You drive all the way over there, and then you get on a long line of cars that inch forward at turtle speed as, one by one, each child hops out and runs off to class. There is no getting around this hurry up and wait just because you have a day to get to. It's how things are done. With the bus, we can walk outside one minute before the big yellow machine makes the turn onto my road, and I can be back in my house and already back to work in two minutes. Talk about efficiency!

4. You can avoid people. The people at drop-off? They want to talk to you. And they're chipper! Much. Too. Chipper. At least for that time of the morning. I don't have any of these problems at the bus stop. Sure, the driver and I wave to one another, but she has things to do -- she's not about to stop and chat.

So there it is -- why I avoid drop off like the plague. 

How about you? Do you love the school bus?


Image by Jeanne Sager

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Mary Fowler

Riding the bus great but as for not getting up early our bus comes at 6:45 and there are already 12 kids on.However I work third so not getting dressed to get them off is the best for me.Plus extra hr of sleep.

keelh... keelhaulrose

I make my daughter ride the bus because I don't see the point in sitting twenty minutes in the drop off/pick up line to avoid the fifteen minute bus trip. The bus is coming through anyway, might as well save my gas.

Jespren Jespren

If you've a bus availible I can't figure out why you'd waste time and gas money when kids have been perfectly capable of riding the bus for generations. Thankfully, however, as a homeschool family we get the skip the whole mess.

Nicole Sprung

My kids have an hour and 15 minute bus ride, and I wouldn't go back to parent pick up or drop off, even though they would be home almost an hour earlier! I do daycare so it is worth it to me to not have to bundle up the whole crew just to get the kids to and from school.

Rebec... Rebecca7708

We live too close to the school for my son to ride the bus.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

When I was in middle school we had a bus, but my mom still drove me and two of my friends. Why? Because the bus drivers were all a bunch of idiots who couldn't do their jobs. Over half of the buses were about 20-30 minutes late getting to the school every single morning for an entire year.

It got to the point where if a kid was late the teacher would ask what bus they took and the school would have announcements over the intercom alerting the teachers to the fact that kids arriving late were not at fault - the buses were.

Sandra Ann

We drop off for school in the am... why? Because putting my kid on the bus at 645am is ridiculous! We literally live 5 minutes from school and his bus ride is an hour long! I get him up at 645, I throw in a hoodie and brush my hair and teeth and drive him to school at 745.... He does, however, ride the bus home. The route reverses and his ride home is literally 5 minutes! Drop off is quick in our district, afternoon picks ups are tortureous and take over an hour to complete! :) 

crazy... crazymom21

I like having them ride the bus. They are the last picked up and the first dropped off. I get an extra 40 mins of peace and quite in the afternoon. Drop off and pick up has its advantages too.

NoaReyn NoaReyn

Wish my kids took the bus, but in the school district we are in you have to pay for the bus!! $150/kid for the year. I know in the long run it would save me money, but I don't have the $300 cash up front for it.

Also, I drop off my kids in my "gym"clothes/pjs, we don't have a drop off line, you walk your kids to their door/line up spot. It isn't a beauty contest, I don't feel like I have to "get ready" to take them to school and they are not embarrassed by me at all.

brand... brandie1470

I disagree with #2. I have to get up at 5:30 am to get my 7 yr old on the bus

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