Catching the school bus...alone

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My 12 year old is going to be taking the bus to school this year for the first time. Problem...I have to leave the house at 7:00 every morning and Matt doesn't catch the bus until 8:30! I could wake him up at 7 when I leave, but that's a lot earlier than I'd like to get him up. He's always been hard to get going in the morning anyway and I'd afraid he's going to fall back to sleep! Any advice?

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Vicki - posted on 07/30/2009

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I am faced with the same issue this coming school year. I will wake my dauther up before I go but my worry was that she will miss the bus and I will have to come home and take her. I too work at a school and my job relys on me being at my desk when the kids arrive, just around the time I would get the call, "mom I missed the bus, again".

A senior worker in my office who is raising her grand daughter suggested having a separate alarm clock as to when the tv goes off, hit the bathroom and then lock up. My daugher also has a cell phone that will keep us in contact. Checking in to see that she is at the bus stop etc....

Let me know if you have any suggestions that you might have heard of.

Denise - posted on 07/25/2009

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I have a niece who has an early working mom and she is 12 as well. She gets up with her mom, but instead of staying home alone-she goes to her friends house every morning and they have breakfast and then go to the bus together. I would recommend 1 or 2 friends that live close by-that he can partner with in the morning. Most parents are willing to help-don't forget to ask. Best of luck.

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Hi everyone. All of your ideas are great! So far Matt has done a great job getting to the bus on time!!! Amazing! Now if I can only get him to bring home his lunch box!

April - posted on 08/26/2009

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Oh, to make it easer to wake him up, I would open the bedroom door and turn on the hall light about 15 mins before they have to wake up. I think that puts them in a lighter sleep before they have to wake up.

April - posted on 08/26/2009

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I think at 12 he's safe, its funny when they know they have to do it on their own they are ok.
Doesn't he have any friend at that bus stop? And tell him if he get up late and miss the bus, you will have to wake him at 7 and he won't be able to sleep in.

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is there one of his friends that live near by that you could drop him off at or have phone tag with him maybe he needs to get to bed sooner I leave home to go to work 5:00

am I get my kids up and get going this way they have time to get any last min homework done before the school bus comes at 6:45am and we play the phone game..............and have for 5years now...........works great they know I need to work and we live out of town I work 20 miles and there school in 10 miles we spend time together as much as we can and have fun it could work.............

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Thanks everyone! Denise, I wish I lived in a neighborhood where there were children I knew, but most are elderly or young parents w/o children. That would have been perfect! Vicki, thank your co-worker because I think that's a great idea to have time for him to wake up and have breakfast and watch a little tv, then have an alarm go off to tell him when to dress and another to send him out the door! I just found out his bus won't pick him up till 9:00!!!! Thank you all so much for your input!

Kaylyn - posted on 07/28/2009

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Excellent idea, Denise. Be sure to offer something in return such as having the neighbor's child over occassionally. Also, if you do have to leave your child home be sure to call from work to make sure he is up and ready.

Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2009

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I agree. Wake him up before you leave. Once he is in the habit and has adjusted to the schedule change, let him wake up on his own or you may have to wake him up for the rest of your life. lol

Caitlin - posted on 07/23/2009

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Chances are if you leave him to wake up on his own with an alarm clock it will never happen. Wake him up before you leave, it may be earlier than he would like but he will eventually get used to it.

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