Bus Stop Dance

Kenley is “trying” out the bus after school today with big sister, Britton. I 100% bribed my 6 year old to ride the bus home, twice a week, for one week in exchange for a trip to the Wal-mart toy section. Great negotiating on my part, I must say. 
Britton, my social, independent 9 year old loves riding the yellow school bus. She would probably take it to and from school every day {if we could make it to the bus stop by 7:40 am- which of course we cannot}. Kenley, however, prefers to have Mama be waiting outside her classroom every day, making immediate eye contact as soon as she walks out of her first grade classroom.
I’ve explained to her that we often times have to do things for other people simply because we love them. For example, I said, “I pick you up at the courtyard, instead of car pick up, not because it is convenient for me, but because I love you. Mommy would like you to try taking the bus home, not because you necessarily want to, but because you love me.”
Something must have sunk in because she eventually agreed to it. Let me rephrase that, to “try” it. We started at a three week trial period, and ended up at one week. Britton has been instructed to sit next to her little sister on the bus. And yes, she too will be rewarded for her big sister efforts with an accompanying trip to the Wal-Mart toy aisle. Regardless, Kenley’s cute little fanny will be delivered to me today, via county school transportation, at 3:10 pm.

Keeping my fingers crossed that she enjoys her 1 mile and 10 minute ride home.