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post #21 of 46

We typically try to get at least an hour of physical activity in each day for the kids.  Even if the physical activity consists of playing on the swings!  Walking to and from school is a great way to get it in.  Our school really promotes walking and biking.  They have several Walk to School days a month where they encourage the kids to walk together.  Even people who typically drive their kids drive them to a drop off spot and then all the kids walk from there. 

 

I am a total abnormality in my social circle though as we spend quite a bit of time at the park playing or walking or biking even when its, gasp, raining or cold!  I want being outside in nature and getting wet and playing hard in the mud to be a huge part of childhood for my kids.  Every time I post pics of us outside playing in the rain or mud or whatever, I get a ton of comments about how cool I am to "let" my kids do that. 

 

I feel you on the bike thing.  I learned how to ride a bike last summer and it was so freeing for me.  I have horrible balance complicated by MS now but once I got over the fear, it was awesome.  I'd always just accepted that I couldn't ride a bike until one day my dd asked why didn't I just try.  Total duh moment for me!  I also learned how to swim last summer because of the same thinking.  I was tired of defining myself to my children as a person who couldn't do this or that. 

post #22 of 46
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geofizz what is "exercise"? because i see many kids - esp. the older elem. kids dont really walk around. they walk from the classroom to the blacktop - get in their group and chat or play hand games or just stand and collect leaves - some kind of sitting games. of course not all the kids are doing this but i see even in lower elem. kids kids walking to under the tree adn chatting. and of course majority of those are girls. 

post #23 of 46

The short answer is that I think an 8 yr old should be totally capable of walking 2 miles, to school or anywhere else.

 

However, in this particular situation, I am not so sure I would do it either.  First, while child is physicallly capable, it's pretty boring to walk that alone every day.  I understand the mamma walking with the child, but then for mom, we are talking about 3.5 hours taken hour of her day, every day, just in child to school transport.  That's 50 minutes to walk the child there, 50 minutes to walk back home, then 50 minutes to walk to the school to pick the child up and 50 minutes to get back home.  That's a lot of time invested.  Most mammas, especially if they have more than one child, just don't have that kind of time to do that, every day during the week.  Yeah, that might make me look a little sideways at a mamma who said she was planning to do this.

 

In this situation, I would highly recommend biking.  The advantages of the physical activity are there, but the time investment would be much smaller.  And, because the trip is shorter, mamma wouldn't have to go with EVERY time, leaving some of her time more free to get other stuff done. 

 

post #24 of 46
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your stats blows me away. do they expect an hour of continous activity? i cant see any child doing that unless they are in soccer once or twice a week.


Really?  What about an hour or 2 at the playground?  An hour really isn't that long to spend doing physical activity.

post #25 of 46
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The short answer is that I think an 8 yr old should be totally capable of walking 2 miles, to school or anywhere else.

 

However, in this particular situation, I am not so sure I would do it either.  First, while child is physicallly capable, it's pretty boring to walk that alone every day.  I understand the mamma walking with the child, but then for mom, we are talking about 3.5 hours taken hour of her day, every day, just in child to school transport.  That's 50 minutes to walk the child there, 50 minutes to walk back home, then 50 minutes to walk to the school to pick the child up and 50 minutes to get back home.  That's a lot of time invested.  Most mammas, especially if they have more than one child, just don't have that kind of time to do that, every day during the week.  Yeah, that might make me look a little sideways at a mamma who said she was planning to do this.

 

In this situation, I would highly recommend biking.  The advantages of the physical activity are there, but the time investment would be much smaller.  And, because the trip is shorter, mamma wouldn't have to go with EVERY time, leaving some of her time more free to get other stuff done. 

 



A child I can see it taking 45-50minutes, but as an adult I can walk 2 miles in under 30minutes.  50 minutes to walk 2 miles is a long time for an adult.

post #26 of 46

My older kids (8 and 10) walk or ride bikes about a mile and a half to school each morning, unless we got a lot (6+ inches) of snow during the night or if it is below zero. We do have a bus that will pick up all the kids in the district, but it is one bus that services all of the schools so it comes super early (like 2 hours before my kids school) in order to get all the kids to each of their schools on time.

 

I think it is perfectly reasonable for kids this age. About half the time mine drop their backpacks off after school and then take off on their bikes or running again, so they are far from exhausted!

post #27 of 46
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A child I can see it taking 45-50minutes, but as an adult I can walk 2 miles in under 30minutes.  50 minutes to walk 2 miles is a long time for an adult.

So, we are talking 50 minutes there, 30 minutes back, 30 minutes back, 50 minutes there.  We are still talking over 2 hours for the mamma.  That's still a long time.

 

post #28 of 46
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So, we are talking 50 minutes there, 30 minutes back, 30 minutes back, 50 minutes there.  We are still talking over 2 hours for the mamma.  That's still a long time.

 


Yeah I guess its a long time, but great exercise too.  And younger kids can always come with (which might make it longer, but if they are in a stroller not really).  I guess I just think it would be great exercise for everyone involved even if its time consuming.  In bad weather I wouldn't do it, but in good weather I would.

post #29 of 46
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because my car needs a transmission we have gone back to walking and taking public transport.

 

yes our days have gotten longer. 

 

but let me tell you how much it has destressed my life. the effect of exercise and sitting on the bus for an hour where you can do what you want (i read) has been really really helpful to me. 

 

i mean right now that is my life. i have no choice. i am not always running from place to place which is how i felt when i was driving. drop dd off, run to school myself ..... on and on and on. i no longer can sleeep in and have to get an early start, but somehow things are working out. and i am a better mom (dd is going thru hard phase now) and not so frustrated at dd. 

post #30 of 46

You know my daughter runs outside morning to night when she's home, non-stop, so well over 2 miles.  But she'd fuss over having to walk 2 miles to and from school.  But I don't think there's a problem with that walk and I'd get her used to it if it seemed to be a good choice.  My dd would be perfectly capable, she'd just find it boring.

post #31 of 46
I am curious why the child "being bored" is even a consideration? I walked that far to the bus, mostly alone and my parents never worried about me being bored. It was just what I had to do so I made the most of it.

I think being bored is ok. I used to sing, make up stores, come up with fun ideas. I would never rule out walking to school because the child might be bored.


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I said if it was what would work best, it's what we'd do and I'd get her used to it, but why wouldn't my dd's boredom be a consideration?  I consider how she feels about things when I make decisions and can't imagine not taking her feelings into consideration.
 

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I am curious why the child "being bored" is even a consideration? I walked that far to the bus, mostly alone and my parents never worried about me being bored. It was just what I had to do so I made the most of it.

I think being bored is ok. I used to sing, make up stores, come up with fun ideas. I would never rule out walking to school because the child might be bored.


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post #33 of 46

I guess I don't see boredom as a bad thing.  I don't think life has to be entertaining all the time.  

 

Boredom often leads to new things, new interests.  Spending time with our own thoughts and feelings is missing in so many kids (and adults) lives these day.  Some of my sons best Lego inventions came out of him being bored. I learned how to make the best red velvet cake be cause I was bored and looking for something new to do. orngbiggrin.gif

post #34 of 46

I don't think boredom is necessarily a bad thing, and I don't look to entertain my kids all the time.  Just that much time being bored twice a day is something i would consider - as I said I might choose to have her walk anyway, but I would take that into consderation along with all other issues involved.  Being bored isn't necessarily good or bad - it's going to happen sometimes and that's probably for the best, but that doesn't mean more of it is better.

post #35 of 46
Thread Starter 

yup yup boredom is always an opening for something exciting.

 

yup dd gets bored. so we start with an agenda. and we always find something exciting to do - even if it to see how far we can walk before the fog dampens our hat. or how many school buses can we count.

 

sometimes dd gets bored going to school because we have a time constraint. coming back is never a problem because we find something to do. so our 50 min walk can turn into a 3 hour walk. 

post #36 of 46

I think it sounds pretty ideal...

 

My kids, 4 and 6 would totally do this if we could. We are much farther from school, but they get to go to an awesome, individualized school.

 

Last winter we lived in a walking/biking friendly area and it was awesome. Unfortunately, the area we are now in is completely dangerous for pedestrians and bikers. There are no sidewalks, no shoulders, and speeding cars. 

 

I would love to live somewhere I could walk or bike everywhere and then catch a bus if absolutely necessary. Not at this moment though...

 

On the exercise vs. transportation thing: DH is quite like this. We run and bike all the time to train for endurance races, etc. Yet, he won't walk to town. WTH?

post #37 of 46

My ds regularly walks a 3.5mile walk, at least a 3rd of it is uphill.   He is 3.5.   

 

We also walk around the block at least once a day, which is 0.9 miles, and sometimes "around the pond" which adds another half mile or so to the walk.  Or we walk to the park which is at least a couple miles.  

 

post #38 of 46
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Which is just 3/4 of the daily recommendation for aerobic exercise for a school-aged child. According to the CDC, this child would still need an additional 15 minutes.

No, because it takes 45 minutes each way. So 90 minutes a day. Also, my DD has I think at least 30 minutes of recess a day, plus dance class at school. Not that I am opposed to exercise!

I just feel like it would cut into our afterschool time a lot. It feels short as it is . DD would not get home till about 4 pm if she had a 45-minute commute. Walking is nice, but it isn't as fun as playing in the back yard or at the park, which we do most days year-round. It's much better than being in the car, but still, there is no way in hell I'd want a 45-minute trip to anywhere we go every day. It's a ton of time out of the day. I think my very outer limit for walking to school would be 30 minutes; I'd much prefer 15-20 minutes. If we switch schools next year, she will have about a 15- to 20-minute walk, which I'm fine with. I walked to school from K-3 and again for 7-12 and it was about 15-20 minutes.
post #39 of 46

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Edited by kristandthekids - 1/16/13 at 8:14pm
post #40 of 46

Is there a friend your DD could walk with, providing it is safe enough for them to walk alone?  When I was a walker, I walked with a friend and it was never boring.  We talked and laughed.  I think it was about two miles each way, and very hilly.  I never noticed because I had someone to walk with.

 

Although if you are enjoying all of the walking, Mama, then keep at it!  :0)

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