Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Bear and the Bus

Sounds like a great children's book, huh? Well not so much in our house, however, things do tend to be going better. I have simply decided if he can deal with it in the afternoons, then I will drive him in the mornings. Heck, I have to have everybody up and fed and dressed, throwing them in the car for the 1/2 mile drive to school is the least of my concerns. I think it really comes down to the fact that Barrettt simply does not like the bus, maybe nothing horrible is happening, he just doesn't like it and that is okay. He is seven and you do not have to love or even like the bus as long as you ride it when mommy needs you to. So, the two of us sat down and talked about ways to make the bus ride better, things to do and say, and then I packed him up and he headed out. He says it is not great but OKAY and I guess I can live with OKAY, as long as he is alright, which he seems to be for now.
A good friend asked me how do we get our little guys (and girls) to come to us when there is a problem? I sure do not know the answer but at least for the time being Bear and the rest of them seem pretty comfortable telling me what is going on and what their needs are (emotional AND physical) I hope I have and continue to create a safe and loving environment for them all and then Chad and I do the best we can when each situation arrives.


Tracy said...

I must have missed the post where you were having problems with the bus.
I've always tried not to freak out when my kids come to me with their troubles. It's hard not to break out the mother bear when they tell you that someone is picking on them or whatever but keeping my cool has taught them that they can come and talk to me whenever. I hope that his openess lasts through their teenage years.

kitty said...

what a good solution! nice job mom!

kitty said...

ps - and let's face it ... with 4 kids, your minivan isn't unlike the bus is it?