But when my 11 year old comes home and tells me the other kids on her bus were watching porn on their phones on the way to school that morning, I immediately wish I had toddlers again just to not have to deal with crap like that.
I jumped ahead, though. Let me back up a bit.
The Girl is in the 6th grade and got accepted to a middle school off base with a self contained GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program. I love her program. The teachers are amazing, they challenge her, and they teach more than the stupid Common Core Standards shit tells them they have to teach. Because her school is off base, we have the option of taking her to school each day (which is looking better and better as each day passes), or putting her on the bus in the mornings.
The first day of school, the bus driver drove right by her bus stop, where 5 children were standing, and just continued with his route like he hadn't forgotten a thing. That should have been my sign.
After spending 15 minutes on the phone with the supervisor of the school district's transportation that day, he told me if there was ever anything else that came up that worried me, to let him know. Oh, good dear gracious, I'm sure he wasn't expecting the list I accrued from that point on.
My daughter immediately starting coming home in the evenings, telling me she couldn't stand her bus and the kids on it. She chose to stay away from them, which, in turn, got her teased by them because she'd rather be a loner and listen to her music in the morning than sit in the back and talk to them.
They also teased her about her acne. Assholes, right? To tease a child about acne that they haven't yet experienced because my daughter hit puberty before them? May karma strike acne down on these kids who teased my daughter about her acne...
My blood started boiling, but I'm an old-fashioned mom. I understand that kids get teased. Getting mildly teased helps strengthen you, and my daughter was handling the teasing just fine- with strength, poise, and letting it roll off her back. She knew the kids on her bus were assholes, so she didn't let it bother her. Proud mama moment right there, let me tell you.
A few weeks ago, my daughter comes come and tells me that the kids on her bus are cussing. Okay, they are 11, 12 and 13 year olds- cussing when they are away from their parents is to be expected as they try and figure out who they are and make themselves look badass to other kids. As she still didn't even associate with these kids, and knew what they were doing was wrong, I didn't worry.
Fast forward a few days and she comes home, telling me that one of the girls, at the ripe age of 11, is