Like in Mr. Mom with Jack Butler, aka Michael Keaton, is dropping of the kids off at school in the rain, when he was told you’re doing it all wrong, remember that? You’re supposed to drop the kiddo’s off from the south and pick up from the north so the kiddos don’t have to cross traffic, got it? It seems simple enough right?  I still get a kick particularly in the morning all school year long watching the hug and drop zone craziness at school and those parents, both the mom and dad on occasion who just do not get it.

In the event we have to drive to school we avoid the hug and drop zone by all means possible. The best means possible would be just not to drive to school but to walk instead. What walk? Are you crazy? Now on to the meat of this post, Are You Doing It Right?

Let me bounce that question back your way, what walk? Are you crazy?

I think the only crazy thing to consider here is your ever expanding belt size, and driving to school is doing nothing to help it reduce in size, besides the obvious like saving you time what is it you need to save your time for? OK, on occasion there are appointments to keep and people to see but not all that often in our hectic domestic schedule.

The best thing you could do for yourself, and you kids, is lace up those tennis shoes and walk with the kids to school, it’s a built in multi faceted win, win, win program; getting the kids to and from school safe, getting you to move, and getting the kids to move.

Getting the kids to and from school safe:  Walking with the kids is a great place to use real world examples in teaching and learning:

  1. Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop.  Avoid busy roads and intersections.  Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people.
  2. Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can and get to know those crossing guards in your travels.
  3. Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  4. Teach children what a stranger is and  not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. It was brought up to me to teach them what suspicious activity and people are.  But I think labeling them all as strangers is more straight forward and less confusing for kids to understand than having them decide first if its a stranger or a suspicious person
  5. Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.

Getting you to move:   Buy a step counter and start tracking your steps, your goal if you should accept it is 10,000 steps a day, and you should no you better accept it so you can always be there for your kids.  In order to always be there for your kids you have to be healthy.  Just start walking and you will see good things happen whether you want them to or not.  10,000 steps is about 5 miles give or take and will keep you moving for over an hour a day.  The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.  Those aches and pains that you attribute to age will probably go away, your high blood pressure will fall back into the normal range and if you have Diabetes, you may see a reduction in the meds you or taking or they might go away entirely.  Studies show us that those who walked or exercised five times a week for 30 minutes a day lost 5% to 7% of their body weight and reduced their risk of diabetes by 58%.

Getting the kids to move:  Activity is good for kids and walking will burn off the restless energy you see every afternoon when watching TC ,playing the X Box or Wii.  Childhood obesity is climbing at an alarming rate!  Healthy bodies perform better in school.  They are better able to focus.  It increases long term memory capabilities.   It increases alertness and helps children think more clearly.  Researchers have also found that there is a strong relationship between academic achievement and fitness scores.   We all know that exercise is good for everyone.

This level of activity will decrease your risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes and colon cancer.  You’ll be healthier, stronger and have more energy.  So what have you got to lose?  Just look down and see those beaming eyes looking and wanting to be like you! Seriously, what’ve you got to lose?  Look down, can you see your feet?