My husband's car had to go in the shop this week. So, since he uses his car for work and the kids and I use my car for fun......guess who ended up without a car this week?
Instead of sitting around at home, using "I have no car" as an excuse for me to read and drink coffee all week (okay, there will be some of that going on!), I decided that it was a great opportunity to teach my kids how to use the city bus! Let's make lemonade out of lemons!
We live in a very safe town that has a great city bus system. And, we just happen to have a bus stop about a half a mile from our house! Some of the neighborhood teenagers are constantly hoping on the bus to head to the mall or downtown to the local YMCA. Knowing how to access the city bus is a great skill to teach your kids!
We started off by researching our local city bus and looking at its routes online. I asked my two older kids to locate somewhere on the route that they would each like to go this week. My 15 year old daughter OBVIOUSLY chose the mall and my son chose to go bowling. My older kids were responsible for finding their destination and figuring out the best way for us to get there. We talked about each route and how much change we would need to get to their destination and home.
This week we will be hitting both spots by taking the bus! I can't say that my two older kids are REAL excited about this lesson, but I think teaching them life skills is as important as teaching them reading and writing!
My 11 year old son looked at me after we found his route and said, "Mom. I get that you want to teach us life skills, but can I just say, I hope this is one life skill I NEVER have to use!" I wanted to tell him to just wait, I think I may teach him how to use a laundry mat next!
Now, my 6 year old and I are very excited about our adventure tomorrow! The kids will be able to see how our city bus is an inexpensive way to travel and that they have routes all over town. And, while we were studying routes, I noticed that there is a bus stop right next to where?! My husband's office.
Hmmmmm. Maybe I won't be the one without a car all week.........