There’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.
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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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