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Why Walking To School is Better For You & Your Kid

Part of the answer lay in getting up a few minutes earlier and packing up my kids’ backpacks the night before. But along the way I found a few other tricks that made walking easier to fit in:
  • Frozen as a fallback: I stock up on frozen meals, like Amy’s Kitchen or Kashi. So if it’s time to walk to school and I haven’t packed my lunch, I can always grab something from the freezer. I won’t be tempted to skip the walk in order to make a sandwich.
  • Run an errand on the way: Every morning we pass a convenience store en route to school. On the way home, I’ll sometimes stop in to replenish our supply of milk or eggs. It only adds 60 seconds to my trip home, and then I don’t have to do it later.
  • Put a value on the experience: Look at it another way. Is this really time “lost”? If time spent in nature is good for kids, it’s good for parents, too. My walk home gives me ten minutes of solitude and fresh air not to mention the quality time with my kids and it’s something I’ve come to value a lot.

These are small changes, but they’re worth it. As walking to school has become our rule rather than our exception, I’ve noticed a change in my kids’ morning demeanor. If they’re cranky as we head out the door, they’re considerably mellower when we arrive.

Want to try it out? Start this Wednesday and visit Walk to School Day online for ways to make a school-wide event.

Kerry Crisley is Associate Director of Strategic Communications for The Nature Conservancy. Opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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4:42AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing this information.

8:19AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Much better than sending your four year old to preschool on their own like a lot of people around my town do.

8:58AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

DOUBLE THE BENEFITS OF OTHER GOOD THINGS ... walking, bonding. Concentrated time together without interruption.

FOR HALLOWEEN ...

My WISH is for good weather, safe journey, lots of treats and fun.

My PRAYER is for those kids who are hungry, cold, afraid of abuse or abaondonment, that on this one day at least they experience a taste of "the good life" and what it is to be a kid. Care to join me?

5:54AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thank you The Nature Conservancy, for Sharing this!

5:38AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Thanks.

4:58AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Good.

5:47AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

so true

2:06AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

Boy, I'm glad you don't have to walk a dog if you can't find 15 minutes extra in the morning.

12:34AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

true

10:07PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

As children we always walked to school and when my children were going to kinder/school we walked. A great thing to do for yourself and your children. They learn to appreciate exercise and enjoy the sights on the way.

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