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Even More Adventures In Bus Riding:

1 Dec

Just when I think our bus drama is over I’m dragging my 5 year old kicking and screaming down to the bus stop.

He’s screaming he doesn’t want to go to school, and for Cameron that is saying a lot. The kid LOVES school, and has never once tried to stay home, even when he was sick. I ask him why he doesn’t want to go to school and he just keeps repeating himself over and over. In an effort to get some kind of answer out of him I tell him I’ll keep him home if he has a real reason not to go.¬†Through sobs he says he doesn’t want to get on bus 42, he misses his friends from bus 60. If you’re not sure what all this means, check out Adventures In Bus Riding and More Adventures In Bus Riding for more info on our bus situation.

My heart instantly breaks.

I¬†truly think that he’s intimidated by some of the kids on the bus. Cameron is not small for his age, but there are some big kids that ride the bus with him. Apparently it’s not cool to sit in the back of the bus anymore because all these big kids situate themselves right around Cameron. I’ve seen with my own eyes that some of these kids take advantage of his kind, naive nature. Some of what I have seen at pick up and again at drop off shows me that some of these kids lack basic manners and decency.

Part of me is afraid that there is something more sinister going on. Is he being bullied on the bus? I’m new to all this, I have no idea where to start. I want to ask questions but I don’t want to lead him into saying anything that might not be the real story. You know how kids can be, they sometimes give you the answers they think you want to hear.

So here I sit, not sure what to do, not sure what questions to ask. Bus 60 still drives right passed the house so I don’t think it would be a hardship for them to switch Cameron back to his old bus. But can I really justify asking them to do that just because he misses his friends?

UGH, who knew this parenting thing would be so hard?

If you have any insight for me, please share it. I feel absolutely terrible that my little guy is sad (and maybe even something more) and I can’t make it all better. Isn’t that my job as a mother?

How could anyone ever be mean to that sweet little guy?

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