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The other day I received a message from my daughter. She wanted to stay after school for band practice but had forgotten to make arrangements beforehand.

Could she stay at school for practice and walk home afterwards?

I was rather surprised. My daughter has become rather lazy over the past few years and dislikes walking anywhere, yet she volunteered to walk home from school.

Of course I said “yes.”

When she arrived home it was quite obvious that she was proud of herself. She had decided that Main Street was the fastest route home compared to our normal route and insisted that from then on we should always walk that way.

She even suggested that we walk to the store together a few days later, rather than whine and ask me to go alone.

Now she is mentally working out the logistics of walking to her very first job when she is old enough to apply.

I’m quite proud of her. Knowing that she will get more exercise now is definitely a plus as well.

Do you encourage your children to walk places or do you drive them everywhere? Please share your stories in the comments below.



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5 Comments

  1. Susanne wrote:

    Keep your children safe.

    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Mopsa wrote:

    It seems like you’ve inspired your child by example :) That’s the best way.
    Katie is so lovely in that photo!

    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
  3. AngelWings wrote:

    Katie is getting big! What a lovely daughter!

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:19 am | Permalink
  4. Sheila wrote:

    When I lived in a small town, the rule was: if it’s 2 miles or less and more than 20 degrees, you walk! Unfortunately, for the one still at home, we now live on the outskirts of the city and walking would mean down a rather isolated road- I am not comfortable with that, so she rides/drives.

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  5. Helen wrote:

    Please instruct her about keeping her safety above all- walking main streets like she has begun doing is a good start. as well as keeping the headphones OFF so she can be completely aware of her surroundings ahead of her and behind..

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
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