Taking the bus is a big, exciting step for kids. Their years of watching the giant school bus roll by are over, and they soon will be a passenger climbing aboard. But before they set sail on their first big ride, teach your kids ways to be safe and brush up on the ways you can help. Here are some of our top tips to help prepare you for those conversations:
- Walk with them: Even though they are big enough to hop on a big yellow bus, walk with your kids to their bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.
- 3 big step rule: Teach your kids to stand “3 big steps” back from the curb when the bus approaches and wait their turn to board.
- 5 giant steps rules: Teach your kids the “5 giant steps” rule. Remind them to always take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the drive motions that it is safe before they cross the street when they get off the bus.
- Hands rails aren’t just for elderly: Help your little ones load the bus safely by using the hand rails. Also, remind them to tell the bus driver if they dropped something outside of the bus and wait until they are instructed to get back off to retrieve it.
- Both pockets on the chair: Remind your kids to stay seated until “the bus comes to a complete stop.”
- Never stop in front or behind the bus to tie shoes: This is a big one. Help them understand that the driver can’t always see them and other cars might not either—always stay on the sidewalk to tie your shoes.
By the way, if you didn’t see this story in the news yet, check it out here! This dad dressed up every day for an entire school year to embarrass his kids on the bus.