My child is terrified of riding the school bus.
Hi! I am a first time visitor to this site, as well as a first time Mom of a 6 year old boy named Jonathan. My problem is that I cannot get him to ride the school bus. It picks him up and drops him off right in front of our house, but anytime I mention riding the bus, he starts to cry, beg and plead not to made to ride it.
I have to admit, he hasn't had a very positive experience with it. He just started Kindergarten, and I drove him to school and picked him up for the first month. Then I asked him to ride the bus. The first time he did, not only was he denied a seat by a bully, but the bus driver forgot to drop him off and went two miles past his house. I certainly understand his fears. I don't want to force him, but my husband says I am babying him by giving in to his begging to be driven. I don' t know what to do! I don't mind driving him, it is the cost of gas that is the problem. You have to wait in line for 45 minutes to pick them up at school, then it is a 15 minute drive. Maybe I should just drop it and wait until he is older? Or am I indeed coddling him? This is causing a lot of friction between my husband and myself. Please help!!!!!