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.