Having a hard time with my 5 year old son riding the bus..please help

Yvonne - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old son is in kindergarten and he rides the bus to and from school. We have been getting talked to by the bus driver not every day but just about. He i guess isn't sitting down or standing up..it is always something. My hubby and i have talked to him about it and punished him and nothing seems to be working. The bus driver told me if he doesn't start acting better she was gonna turn him over to the principle. I am at my wits end..talking to him and taking toys away isn't working it seems like it is going in one ear and out the other. I am tired of dealing with the bus driver. PLEASE ANYONE HAVE ADVICE???

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Jackie - posted on 10/02/2009

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Take him on a city bus. Remind him that the bus driver can kick him off at any point and he will have to walk along way home and also make the connection to the school bus. I know here they can actually be removed from the bus if problems aren't sorted out. Let him know that. Maybe walk part way or all the way to the school to show him how far it really is and that he doesn't want to walk it. Its also a good idea if there is an older child who gets on and off at the same stop as your boy; ask them to be your sons bus buddy for a while. They can sit with him and remind him of the rules while on the bus. They can also help them on and off the bus. My son is 5 and has two bus buddys; his sister and a neighbours daughter that we have known for years. I know it makes my boy feel more confident knowing he has older ones he can turn to if he isn't sure.

Cynthia - posted on 10/02/2009

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Ok...I had the same problem and did the same thing. Here is a suggestion role play as if you were the bus driver and use chairs. While your husband sits behind him in a chair pretend to hit the brake CAREFULLY have hubby tip the chair your son is in showing him he can fall out and get hurt if he does not sit with his hands in his lap. This did work for me I hope it works for you. I been in your shoes in is a struggle. Remember in our cars they have seatbelts and are use to being buckled in on the buses they just have to sit it is hard for them. Good Luck

Brandi - posted on 10/02/2009

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Can she assign a seat in the front for him to sit in? He's so young he prob. doesn't mean to not listen but children that age get excited and hear everything around them and want to see what is going on. I would talk to the principal before she does. He's only five after all! Sometimes they can offer suggestions to help.

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