Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Mornings tend to be pretty manic at our place, trying to get everyone packed and out the door on time can be a challenge. But if I don’t need to be at work early, I always try to make the time to walk the kids to school. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to our school and there are so many benefits, which far outnumber the effort of actually making it happen.
1. It's good for the environment
Not only are we reducing our carbon footprint by walking, reducing the amount of cars jammed up at the intersections, but sometimes we pick up rubbish along the way. The kids can easily fill up a paper shopping bag each with all manner of interesting “gifts” thrown out of car windows and blown out of wheelie bins.
2. It's exercise for everyone
I have a new office job which involves more sitting than I’d like, and I love the opportunity to move my body before the day kicks off. The kids arrive alert and ready for learning at school and they also get the chance to up-skill on their bikes or scooters.
3. It's an opportunity to share
During the walks home (and if the kids are in the mood) they’ll share with me what happened during their days. This gives me a chance to get an insight into what is going on in their minds and what is special or important to them. I feel fully engaged with the kids, with no distractions.
4. It builds resilience
On days when it’s cold, wet, hot or the school bag is super heavy, the thought of jumping in the car is the easiest option. But these are often the days I think we learn the most about grit and perseverance. It may seem a small challenge to overcome, walking to school in the rain, but it may be giving them another tool for their toolkit. Giving them a confidence boost when faced with a more difficult challenge, that they can overcome this also.
Tina White is a Mum of three beautiful girls (two of whom are twins), she lives in Auckland, New Zealand. When she's not at home with her family, her favourite places to visit are the forest, the bush and the beach. Tina is extremely passionate about the health of the Earth and feels a sense of duty to ensure that the environment is healthy for all that share it. She is always searching for new ways to care for the environment and reduce her family's impact on it. Her dream is for her children to grow up with a deep understanding of how their choices and actions can positively affect our environment.