Do you pick your kids up from school?

@sedel1027 (17855)
United States
March 3, 2008 8:08pm CST
If so, what do you do while you wait? Or do you show up at the last minute so that you don't have to wait in line? I pick up my son every day. He is on a "I hate the bus kick". I have been playing Nintendo Ds or reading. Today I forgot my book so I wrote a list of discussion for MyLot while sipping on my Starbucks. I have noticed a lot of parents either just start off into space or talk on the phone. Seems like they could find better things to do LOL
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@gemini_rose (16193)
4 Mar 08
Yes I pick my kids up from school every day, we walk, we live about 10 minutes away from school so its not too bad. I make sure I get there about 1 minute before the bell goes for the end of the day so I dont have to hang around.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Thats nice. I do not think I would mind as much if we lived close by enough to walk. There really would be no wait and you could get exercise. I bet the cold and rainy days are not much fun though.
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Mar 08
No the cold and rainy days are horrible, oh the amount of times I have been absolutely soaked. I love it if it absolutely pours down on a friday afternoon simply because my hubby fetches them in the car as he finishes work early. It always makes me feel like I tricked the weather!!
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
4 Mar 08
my son goes to 4 year old kindy and goes 2 times a week for 5 hours. the first few weeks was just short day (2 hours or so) and I stayed with him (bad child care experience so he cried a lot) now he is fine. When I pick him up I wait till I know that they are finished reading and singing and then I enter and get him. In that time I talk to th other teachers and parents.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
4 yr old kindergarten is only 2 days a week. That is cool. When my son went through pre-K 4 he went 5 days a week for shorter days 8:30-2.
• Australia
5 Mar 08
wow 5 days but that is almost as same as school hours and kindergarden is so they can get used to school not to be the same as school. No my son goes 2 days 9:30 ro 2:30 some places have 3 days (half days) which is buisness if you ask me. Because they can only fit 2 grups a year if they do 2 days but they can fit 3 groops if they do half day that way the automaticly get 1/3 more money.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I pick up my daughter once in awhile if it's going to take to long for her to get home by riding the bus. When she uses the bus she doesn't get home until around 4:15 and if I pick her up I can have her home before 3:30.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
That is a pretty big difference. I can usually get home for 3:50. The bus - on a good day - gets here by 4:20. To me that is too much time spent on a bus.
@mohnish (116)
• India
4 Mar 08
yes every morning i do it and it gives me a lot of satisfaction that atleast i m paying some attention to my kids beside form a busy schedule.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I drop my son off in the morning because I have to be at work for 7:30. This is something we started maybe 2 months ago. I really don't care for it though because we are always running late.
@happygal68 (3278)
• United States
4 Mar 08
We live so far out that my son rides the bus, but he is a teen now so it is no big deal. On occasions he misses it and I have drive him to school. When my boys were little it depended on how far we lived from the school as to if they took the bus or not. When I do have to pick him up from practices I always make sure to have a soduko or word search book in my car so I can pass the time that way (that is if I do not have any lists that need to be LOL).
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
My MIL use to have that problem with my BIL, so is so happy he can drive himself now. There were weeks where he would miss the bus 2-3 times. At the time she was a bus driver and on the road so she couldn't just bring him.
@Dinolist (55)
• United States
4 Mar 08
While I'm waiting in line to pick up my kindergartener, I pluck my eyebrows. The lighting is best because of the natural sunlight, I have a visor mirror, and it's about the only time I can take a few minutes for myself without my 3-year-old demanding my attention or wanting to try out the tweezers for himself. :-)
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
LOL, I did that the other day. Definitely a good use of time.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I show up at the last minute...I hate to wait..
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Even showing up at the last minute there is a wait. A lot of parents show up right when the bell rings all the way to 10 minutes after the bell rings.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I used to have to pick my daughter up at school, but I would always wait until the last minute to do so, so the busses and other cars would clear out and i would not have to sit and wait. If I had a laptop, I would definitely continue working or find something better to do. alot of parents get out of their cars and go talk to other parnets or sit on their cell phone killing time.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
We don't live far from school, just far enough that the kids have to take the bus. Most of the parents around here that I know make their kids take the bus. I feel bad having my son do so. They get out at 3:35 and their bus doesn't get to our complex (we are 10 minutes max from the school) until 4:20, sometimes not even until 5! This is one of those stuck up schools (which, in a way a am very glad for because parents care about their kids, making it the best elementary school within 3 parishes) so parents don't talk to each other that much.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
The busses here are not that bad, just the driver don't run for just one school. They often have 3 schools they drive for so they are on tight scheduled. I believe elementary is the last group to get out for the day.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Same here. The busses here pick up students who go to the elementary and the high school all at once, which is not good for our little ones. They learn too many bad things from the older kids alot of times. They also feel like they are scared or unsafe with all of the growup kids on the bus. My daughter has to change busses twice before coming home. It is crazy. she rides the bus to the elementary school in the morning, then gets on another bus to go to the high school. then she gets on the bus in the evenings from the high school and again has to change busses when she gets to the elementary school.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Only if we have somewhere else to go like a doctors appointment or something, then I pick him up. If I pick him up at the front then a teacher walks him out just before the bell goes so there is not waiting in line. He usually catches the bus to and from school. I often take a book or listen to music when I walk around the corner to pick him up from the bus stop. I have gotten to know most of the mothers/fathers there so we often stand and chat for a bit.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
This is our 3rd year at this school. The first year there were 2 parents that use to stand out for the bus in the evenings, last year there was one, now no one stands out because all the kids are 2nd, 34rd and 4th graders. With this driver you never know when she is coming, could be waiting 30 minutes outside. The school also has a bad habit of if they do call (when they decide to call) about the bus, they call one number - usually the house - and leave a message.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Thats good you get a call though, we don't when the bus is late and we have stood outside for 30 minutes or more when its late. I have had to call the school several times to find out what has happened. I think its because the school bus is used by other schools and when they run late, everyone else is late. The majority of kids that catch our bus are kindergarten and 1st grade so you often see at least one parent from each family waiting outside :)
• United States
4 Mar 08
There is no bus to our school, so yep, I pick up my kids every day. Personally, I drive to the "Pick up line" and wait in my car till the bell rings. My kids always come really fast to my car, because they know that mommy does not like to wait. LOL
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Besides carpool the kids can be walkers. The wait there seems to be just as bad because a lot of parents pick up their kids. So there are a ton of parents competing for a handful of parking spaces.
• United States
4 Mar 08
lol, I wish I could make them walk! We live over 3 miles from the school, and we are on a busy street that has no sidewalks, and we are in Los Angeles. LOL That should say it all...
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
yes i do, but that was the time when they were still young. now they are 16, 15, 14 and 12 and they can go on their own. during the time when they are still kids maybe up to they were in grade 3. sometimes i show up at the last minute or sometimes if i am not busy at home i bring a book and read it there while waiting for them.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I hate waiting in the line. When the weather gets a bit warmer, he is back on the bus. I need my afternoons to get things done.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
now that my children are in their teens, i kinda miss the days were i have to bring them to school. they were so cute back then. lol. you can see their happy faces when they see me at school. now they are surprise when they see me at school.
• United States
14 Mar 08
I take my kids to and from school everyday. When I pick them up I usually get there about 10 minutes before the bell rings, mainly so that I can get a decent parking spot. I bring a notebook with me, and while I'm waiting I'll sit there and write. I'm working on a fan fiction story, and I seem to be able to write the most when I'm sitting there waiting. I think it's because for 10 minutes I have no distractions so I can concentrate on what I'm writing.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
14 Mar 08
What kind of fan fiction do you write?
@luoxpeng (23)
• China
5 Mar 08
reading newspaper is a good ieda
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Yes it is, but I don't get the paper daily. I try to do something productive but I find that time of day to be quite tiring.
5 Mar 08
I do drop or pick up my son once in a while though.The school being nearby the bus travel does not bother my son infact,he enjoys it.As today's petroleum scenario are so unpredictable I prefer to keep my gas bills low as and when possible.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
The gas I put out going to pick up is very minimal. With running errands, bring him to school in the morning before I go to work, driving home from work and picking him up from school daily I go through a tank of gas a month. Even if he liked riding the bus, the amount of time they spend on the bus - at least 30 minutes - seems like such a waste of these kids time.
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Mar 08
From the bottom of my heart, I like picking up my child from the kindergarten. However, I have to work and I am unable to pick him up as it will be too late when I arrive at the kindergarten. So if I have a day off from work, be sure I will go to pick him up in the afternoon.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I really don't mind doing it, but I get off of work at 1:30 so I feel like I could really find abetter use of the time other than sitting in a line of cars.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
4 Mar 08
I rarely pick my 14 year old daughter up from high school. I do, however, take her to school. I do this because of her early morning swimming training. I do pick up my step children from both their schools. Whilst I am waiting I sit around twiddling my fingers., & waiting in line at the stop & drop carpark. Generally I get quite frustrated, as the car in the front wont move!
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
LOL I completely understand. What they do at his school is right when the bell rings they change where the first car can be, so the line moves up about 10 cars...then you have to wait until the kids start getting out.
• United States
4 Mar 08
I don't pick my daughter up daily. If there is something going on? Or we have to go some where. I go ten minutes before the bell and call her down to go home.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
They don't let us do that so close to school getting out. I believe the cut off time is 3pm, they get out at 3:35.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
4 Mar 08
My son rides the bus to and from school unless I have somewhere I need to be first thing in the morning or right after he gets out of school. I hate waiting around for them to come out, so I pull up at the last minute.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I really wish we could rely on our buses or I would make my son ride the bus to and from school. There have been quite a few times this school year that the bus has not run. In fact, right after Christmas break the weather was really bad and I didn't want him walking to and from the bus stop so I started picking him up, then one day I asked him to take the bus, the bus didn't run LOL To make matters worse, the school called the parents (which they normally don't you just show up wondering why it is 5pm and your kid isn't home) and told us to pick the kids up in the car pool line, but the didn't bother to tell the kids.....
• United States
4 Mar 08
I have debated on whether or not to take my daughter to school or let her take the bus. She wont be starting till this sept so I have til then to figure it out. I guess it depends on my schedule by, but she will just be riding one of those smaller busses by then with other kids her age. So I dont think I will get to nervous until she goes the grade up and has to ride with the bigger kids.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
4 Mar 08
My son has ridden the bus up until I started working part time, even then he was still taking the bus. The car line- to me at least - is a huge hassle. I went to Catholic school and we lived about 5 blocks away, my mom had to come pick us up - too close for the bus.
@gmirage (12)
• Austria
17 Mar 08
The whole time my daughter is in school, I am at home trying to earn some money, I arrive 10 minutes before the bell rings and too bad the phone reception there is zero I talk to other moms particularly moms of my daughter's classmates =)