Bus Stop Lessons
"The person whose problems are all behind them is probably a school bus driver." - Unknown
Mr. Bobby drives our kids to and from school every day in "The Yellow Sponge Cake" (which is the name the kids gave the school bus based on a week long voting process). Mr. Bobby thinks it's important that the bus has a name so he took nominations, printed up ballots, and let every kid vote on the name. Mr. Bobby is always doing things like that.
I'm inspired by this man I see every morning for approximately 30 seconds. Here's a few of things I'm learning from him:
- Enthusiasm is possible even at 6:50 a.m. Mr Bobby isn't short with his.
- Knowing your "customers'" names makes a difference. Our kids light up when he PERSONALLY welcomes them aboard.
- Celebrate good behavior and great attitudes. The bus can be a tenuous place ... especially knowing that the child to adult ratio is somewhere around 65 to 1. The easy default is to establish a kingdom of punishment and fear. Mr Bobby encourages, celebrates great days, and isn't short on prizes or stickers for good behavior. Carrot always beats stick!
- Remember to bring chocolate for every possible holiday. (St Patrick's day was Oreos with green filling!)
- A reliable, on-time schedule makes everyone happy. This just goes to show that fun and enthusiasm can also be planned and orderly.
- Friday sing-a-longs, at full volume, with the windows D-O-W-N make a great start to the weekend. Universal truth. Bam.
If you ask my kids, Mr. Bobby might be the greatest bus driver ever. I tend to agree with them. In fact, in honor of Mr. Bobby, on my drive home today I'm going to roll my windows down and sing-a-long LOUDLY with the radio...
Watch out Atlanta commuters!!