Done w/childcare-what's the difference?

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Done w/childcare-what's the difference?
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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 10:07am

Yesterday morning I put my youngest on the school bus for the first time.

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:40pm
I wish we had a bus for our kids. Yes, they would have to get up earlier to catch the bus, but I have to think it's much better for the environment and the traffic situation in our town to have buses rather than thousands of parents trying to take their kids to school and pick them up every day. And never mind the chaos if you have one kid in elementary school, one in junior high and a third in high school and the start time and pick up time is all within a half hour of each other.
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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:40pm

My kids attend camps they are interested in, so for them, they wouldn't do any differently if I stayed at home.

 

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:41pm

In our town, bus service is offered to all students. I live 5 miles from their school. It makes no sense for me to drive 20 miles a day to take them to/from school in both the green way and wear and tear on the car.

They catch the bus at 8 and they're home at 3:20. They've got plenty of time for breakfast and homework. The bus ride is 15minutes longer that direct pickup/dropoff, and they enjoy the time with their fiends.




Edited 8/12/2009 1:44 pm ET by chestnuthooligan
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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:41pm

i think it depends on differences in ppl,personalities too.


i don't ever want to be way too busy with my three kids.

 

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:42pm
That makes sense, thanks. I guess I'm colored by my own limited experience with riding the bus a child. It was only one year, but I think I must have been one of the first children picked up or something because I was on the bus for about an hour each way.











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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:44pm

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Also a good point. Thanks!












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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:47pm


I never thought of riding the bus as a WOH / SAH thing.

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:47pm

So what's wrong with your kids questioning it? I am usually home during the summer, but this summer I taught summer school. They asked why, and I said, "three reasons -- one, I am developing a new course I would like to test this summer, and secondly, your activities this summer (orchestra camp, space camp, international basketball competition) are both going to cost me a lot of money AND take you away from home a lot, so there is not use me being home when you are not. The final reason is we want to do some costly home improvements, so the money will come in handy."

And they said: "Oh, Okay."

Of course, we've never been a family that's discouraged asking questions or using big words.

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:52pm

i'm not a big fan of school bus transportation.

 

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:57pm
At my local schools, parent drop off and pick up is somewhat discouraged as it can majorly affect traffic patterns and clog roads. As a parent it is time consuming to sit in the traffic line waiting to get close to the school to drop off. It may only take ten minutes for someone to get to school but it can take another ten just to unload.

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