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Ditch the car & enjoy a walk to school with the kids
Friday 22nd May 2015 is National Walk Safely to School Day in Australia. With a reported 60% of Australian children being driven to and from school each day, it is easy to see why we need such a program.
As busy working parents I think we are all guilty, from time to time, of hopping in the car for the short trip to school. Often it is just easier to drop the kids off on our way to work or perhaps it is because we are running late (yet again).
However I think we can all acknowledge the benefits to children of walking to school - for health and fitness, for the environment, for the lessons on pedestrian safety and not least for the quality time spent with our children.
On Walk Safely to School Day all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. If you don't usually walk to school with your kids then this is the perfect day to start!
You may need to get up a little earlier, or be a little more organised in the morning. But I'm sure the kids will be excited to take you with them on their walk to school. You can find out what is scheduled for school that day. You may meet some neighbours or school mates along the way. Or if you are lucky enough to have a lollypop person at the school crossing make sure you say a friendly hello. These are the people that are keeping our children safe every day as they cross the road.
Spend some quality time with the kids as you walk to school
On the walk home you can ask about your childs day - what was the best thing that happened or the worst? You may even hear some interesting school gossip!
So ditch the car and take the time to walk, either to school in the morning or home from school (or both), with your children on Friday 22nd May 2015. It's fun, it's free and, don't tell the kids, it also counts as exercise!