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POLL: How Do Your Kids Get to School?

By dadcamp |

kids in carpoolThere’s a surefire way to easily tell when school is in session in your community: traffic is hell.

Why is it that our generation of parents insists on driving our kids to school?

Back in the day, I used to walk to school in the morning, and walk home for lunch.  When I was a little older, that changed and I rode my bike.  When I was still older, I took the city bus for 90 minutes each way to high school.  I can never recall being driven to school on a regular basis.

My sons will walk their first steps to school when ours starts up again on Tuesday.  As we walk the three blocks, we will have to dodge Odysseys, Caravans, and Pathfinders in the parking lot.  Lots of kids are getting driven those same three blocks as helicopter parents worry their kids can’t make the walk on their own.

How do your kids get to school?  Click here to cast your vote.

  • Walk with Adult
  • Carpool or Driven by Parent
  • Walk Alone / With Friends / Siblings
  • Ride a Bike
  • Take the Bus

I admit, I drive my sons to school because the temperature in the winter gets damn cold in our town, and his school is on my way to work and jives with my schedule.  If my work schedule changes, he walks with our nanny.  He’s only in kindergarten, so he’s not walking on his own … just yet. Mommyfriend has some tips for getting your kids to school safely (she’s debating letting her little guy do it on his own this year).

Add your reasons for walking, riding, driving, busing in the comments below. Are you afraid of letting your kids go alone? Do they have buddies? Are car pool lanes crazy at your school?

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DadCAMP is Buzz Bishop, a dad, broadcaster, writer, and runner from Calgary, Alberta. When not working the mic on XL103, or wrangling his two boys, he's always training for another Team Diabetes marathon somewhere in the world. Read bio and latest posts → Read Buzz's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “POLL: How Do Your Kids Get to School?

  1. Shelley says:

    WE live in Kelowna, where the school district decided no more busses for French immersion. We didn’t know that when we bought our house, and we don’t live close to the school to be able to walk. So we drive down close to the school, then ride our bikes or walk the rest of the way.

  2. Jenn says:

    I drive my son to and from school everyday. He is only in Pre-K, I’m 9 months pregnant, and the school is 5 miles from our house. :P

  3. goddess says:

    Ours tales the bus since it’s almost 2 miles much of which has no sidewalk and is a state route. High school will be walking distance though.

  4. Terri says:

    My kids are still pre-k but I will be driving them to elementary. We are sending them to another school district that is better but further away. The closer district would be by bus & I don’t trust what goes on on some of the buses:)

  5. SJP says:

    My school age kids attend a private school that is a 20 minute drive each way. I take them there in the morning before I head to work and my work at home husband who is home with our two younger children picks them up at the 3pm dismissal. The school is small and does not have any buses.

  6. Shannon says:

    My girls walk. The reason we built the house we are in, is because it’s right around the corner from the elementary school. We didn’t know it would only be a K-4…but that’s another topic!

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