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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Update on Miss M's school bus woes

Just a quick note to give an update from my last post about Miss M's anxiety of getting off the bus at school alone in the mornings.

There was no school on Monday, so we drove her to the school daycare.  No issues.  Tuesday was the big day.  Hubby and I walked her to the end of the driveway.  She was quiet, but seemed okay.  But then the bus turned the corner and headed our way and she freaked out.  She cried, she grabbed her daddy and begged that he drive her to school.  She was crying too hard by the time the bus stopped, so he agreed to drive her to school again.  When they arrived, he went through everything with her again.  He showed her that there is nothing to worry about.  He showed her where her friends would be playing when she got off the bus. 

When Miss M got home from school on Tuesday, I asked her if she felt better after Daddy showed her the routine at school (again), and if she thought she could do it on her own.  She said, Yes, I think so.  Progress!  But Hubby and I wanted to be sure.  He sent an email to Miss M's teacher, explaining the trouble she's been having each morning.  We hoped that the next morning would go a little more smoothly.

The next morning (Wednesday, which was yesterday) when Miss M got up, she told me that she thought she could do it.  That she would be a brave girl.  I encouraged her and told her I was proud of her.  She got ready and we went to wait for the bus.  The bus turned the corner and was headed our way.  She gave me a look.  A look that said, I-don't-think-I-can-do-this!  But I squeezed her hand, gave her a kiss and said I knew she could do it.  She was a brave girl.  A big girl.  She nodded and got on the bus.  I waved to her as they drove away.  No tears.  Yay!

During the day, the teacher replied to Hubby's email and told him that she found a "helper" for Miss M.  A girl in sixth grade that takes the same bus as Miss M will guide her from the bus and bring her to her play area each morning.  She had already introduced her to Miss M, and she was really happy about it. 

I am so happy and so relieved that the teacher did this for us.  Miss M was excited to get on the bus today.  She felt so much more comfortable and confident, knowing that her helper, Kim, would be there this morning to show her the way.  I'm sure things will go much more smoothly now.  I can't wait to hear how it went this morning when I pick her up this afternoon!

Thanks for your concern and well-wishes, everyone!  :-)

11 comments:

  1. That's great news!!! Glad to hear that she got a helper <3

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  2. When we connect with one another life is just better.

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  3. Aw, I'm glad the teacher understood Miss M's needs and made sure they were met. It's so hard when we don't know how to help them, isn't it?

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  4. Yay! I'm really happy about it, too! And Miss M just loved her. She was super-nice, sat with her on the bus and played little games as they walked to her area. She couldn't wait to get on the bus again today to see her!

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  5. And now you know you have a great, understanding teacher. Good thing to know. I hope this solution works!

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  6. Dear Shannon, I am SOOOO glad!!! : )

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  7. Yay! Before long, she won't even know that sixth grader is there. And I think this is all excellent preparation for learning to ride a bike. :)

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  8. I'm sorry I missed these posts, but I am so so relieved to read this. And I hope it has continued into this week. So much stress for all of you. I'm pulling for you guys.

    And I miss you!!

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  9. My heart just broke when I read your last post and the beginning of this one. It is just so hard to see our kids scared. It sounds like your daughter has a wonderful teacher who came up with a positive and proactive solution to her worry. I hope all of her school years are filled with such caring teachers.

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  10. A little late to this party - but I'm so glad you found a solution - all of you, working together. Perfect. So many lessons in that teamwork.

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