Many children take the bus to school and, after a while, it starts to become a normal part of the day. However, if your child has never taken the bus before, especially by themselves, and they’re due to start doing so, they’re probably feeling slightly nervous. As a parent, it’s your job to ease these nerves and prepare your child as best you can for this new experience. Here are some tips from an independent senior school in London.
The best thing you can do to help prepare your child for the school bus is to practise the route a few times together. This will help them learn when to press the button and where to get off. Most importantly, it will show them that riding the bus to school isn’t as scary as it may seem. As soon as the experience becomes familiar to them, they’ll get the hang of it in no time!
In addition to practising the bus route, you should also find time to have a one-to-one conversation with your child about how they’re feeling regarding the experience. If you ask them in front of other people, like their siblings, they might not be comfortable vocalising any of their concerns. If they do share some of their worries, be sure to put their mind at rest with some advice. What’s more, it’s important to share some of the rules with them, like staying seated if the vehicle is moving, or holding onto the bar if there are no available seats. It’s likely that you’ve already taught them about ‘stranger danger’ but it might be worth reiterating this message so that they don’t start chatting to people they don’t know whilst on the bus.
Try and find out from the school or other parents if there are any other kids in the area who might be catching the same bus. If so, your child might feel more relaxed knowing that one of their peers is there to share the experience. You should also remind your child that the driver is a responsible adult so if they have any problems whilst on the bus, they should raise them with the driver.