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No Fun on the Bus

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It's been a week since Macy started school. To ease her into this new big routine we decided to introduce one major element at a time. The first two days Mike and I each took a day off from work so we could spend the day with her and driver her to/from school. That seemed to go pretty well. The following Monday we took Macy to her (nearly) new before- and after-school care and she began riding the bus to school from there with several other kids her age. The first day was a success. I think the idea of riding a "big kid" bus was pretty exciting. By the second day the luster had worn off and she wasn't too much of a fan. After school they ride with all elementary kids (K-6) on that route and it's intimidating her. She said the bus ride is really long, the big kids are loud and the bus driver yells at them a lot to sit down and be quiet.

By the third day, her worry was getting the best of her and she was asking us to please not make her ride the bus. We tried to be logical (I know, I know) and address her worries one at a time. That seemed to work...until the next day.

When Mike picked her up from childcare today they said she cried when she got off the bus. When her 'teacher' was comforting her, Macy said she ‘just didn't like riding the bus.' Boy hearing that was tough. Knowing your little one was sad and you weren't there to make it better-ouch. The mommy guilt flooded me right away and it's still palatable as I write this.

My rational side is reminding me that this is a big transition for her. There are a lot of moving parts, kindergarten, a new childcare, the bus, making new friends. The emotional side of me is having a tough time. I don't want her to be sad. It's twisting my heart and I cannot help but revisit all my old "working mommy" guilt.

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