A young mum who drives a school bus has told how she is able to spend time with her newborn daughter while simultaneously earning a living after her bosses allowed her to bring the baby to work with her every day.
New mum Sydney Reichert, from Kaukauna, in the US State of Wisconsin, admitted she was ready to go back to work after spending seven lovely weeks at home with her baby Nova.
However, despite wanting to work, she admitted she also had a hard time parting with her daughter.
She told local media: “I was ready to bring home a paycheck, but I wasn’t ready to leave her in daycare.
Fortunately, her bosses at Kaukauna Kobussen proved to be very understanding and told her she could bring her baby along while driving.
And, according to Sydney, the proposal has worked out beautifully as the tot mainly sits still in her baby seat while mum steers the wheel.
The worker said: “She sits in her car seat just like she would in my car, and she usually falls asleep so it’s a nap.
“She gets excited when we show up and grab the keys, and she likes to say ‘Hi’ to everybody. Some of the kids say ‘Hi’ to her, some of the kids don’t even know she’s on the bus.”
And the company has apparently already gotten used to the setup as safety Manager Henrique Hilgenberg revealed Sydney is not the only working mum among their colleagues.
Hilgenberg said: “Sydney is just one of the few that we have that I call the Kobussen mom army.”
Hilgenberg says he’s seen moms, coaches, and lots of people in the community stepping up to try to fill bus driver positions.
He said that the arrangement could be a very positive influence on the kids, adding: “We’re the first thing they see and the last thing they see in the school day.”
Sydney added that she intends to keep on driving as long as it works for her family.