How hard is it???

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Registered: 08-09-2006
How hard is it???
Fri, 06-22-2007 - 3:52pm

Hi - I have been reading this board for quite awhile now and trying to figure out what I need to do for myself and my family. I really think I would like to go back to work but honestly am very nervous to do so. I do not know how "things" get done but most importantly I wonder what my boys will do when school starts.

How do you get the kids to the bus stop - what happens after school (k. ends at noon - what will he do after that) I don't know who to ask these questions since all my friends are at home and think I am crazy to even consider this. Kinda lonely :(

Any suggestions would be appreciated

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 06-22-2007 - 4:03pm

Both your questions are school questions so I would first ask the school where they will ultimately be going. Many schools have (pay) afterschool programs that have grown in scope as so many women work. Ask your future school if they have this. As to the question of how to get the kids to the bus, that's something you can't really plan unless you know what time the bus would be coming to your stop to pick them up. It may make sense for you to see them off to the stop, for dh to, maybe a neighbor with same-age kids (if there is such a person). But you won't know till you can compare the bus pick-up time to the time you and your husband must leave for work. Call the school and find out what bus company they use. Then call the bus company to find out what time pick-up is for your neighborhood.

Best of luck. These things are do-able but it takes a good sense of organization.

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Fri, 06-22-2007 - 4:27pm
Well I drive my daughter to the bus stop, drop off my son at daycare and go to work. She goes to aftercare which my dh usually picks her up.
My daughter only had 1/2 day Kindergarten and I found a sitter for her to take the bus to her house or she went in the morning to her house and then she got the bus. After school she then went to after care.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 06-22-2007 - 4:34pm

Many schools have an extended day program that runs until 6 or so. Usually, it costs more for kndergartners because they're there longer. For 1st grade and up, our extended day program is $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child per day for about 3 hours of care. These programs can be hard to get into, though, so you should sign your kids up at the earliest possible moment. (I was never able to get my kids in the program because I only needed care one day a week and they quite naturally give priority to those who need more.)

If you don't have a program, see if there is a daycare or after school club that will pick up your children at school. This is what a lot of parents in my old town used. There was even a special line for the after care vans.

Most bus routes aren't set until a few weeks before school starts and they know who will be in what neighborhood. But you can still check last year's schedule to get a rough idea of when the bus might be making stops in your neighborhood.

On my early morning, I sent my kids to wait with the neighbors, who didn't mind watching them for 15 minutes until the bus came. If your kids are well-behaved (in others' opinion, that is), you might find an accommodating neighbor to wait with them at the bus stop, esp. since you say there are so many SAHMs there.

You need to do your research early so that you won't be all stressed about this while starting a new job. Good luck.

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Registered: 11-18-2005
Sat, 06-23-2007 - 7:49am
Wow, that is expensive! In the fall, I am paying 25 for the first child and 12 for the second child a *week* for aftercare.
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Registered: 11-22-2000
Sat, 06-23-2007 - 8:46am
That is amazing to me! Over the years I paid anywhere from $70-100/week for aftercare. Mine was at a day care center, though - we don't have in-school aftercare, so it may not be a fair comparison.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sat, 06-23-2007 - 9:50am

We can pay anywhere from free to $160 a week for afterschool care for Dylan. And have 3 choices--2 on site and one off-site. The Y runs 2 programs on site and the Boys and Girls Club will bus (with a nominal fee) from the school to the club.


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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 06-23-2007 - 3:22pm
That's so funny--everyone around here wants to get in the extended day program because it's supposed to be *cheap!* I guess it's probably a regional thing.