- My kids have legs and feet and can use them, they have no special needs to make them need one and I think it does them a dis-service to not make them stronger and require what is appropriate for their age and ability level. We hike and walk often on steep trails and walk 1/4 mile at least 3-5 times a week during the summer. We think it is good for them, both physically and mentally. One aspect of fatigue or weakness is mental and overcoming difficulties.
REALLY!!! so putting kids in strollers is not letting them use their legs and feet? perhaps you can go to disneyland for 2 or 3 days. for many that is not a choice. they maybe can swing it for a day or max two. in those cases strollers are totally worth it. and yes btw - with my experience in asia there are many kinds of transportation in which kids ride. and no one looks down upon a child not walking. however even there in rural areas - yeah they will wonder if a child doesnt walk. but disneyland and hiking are two different things and you cannot put them on the same footing. no way.
- I saw lots of "big kids" (for us over the age of 5) who road in strollers, and while that isn't a bad thing in itself, it makes me sad because most of them had hand-held devices and were missing the greater fun of looking around and enjoying the sights of Disneyland... I don't get why we have to dumb our kids up to keep them so happy??? It is sad.
you know hand held devices are not ALL that evil as one makes it out to be. it CAN be evil but anytime you see a child holding it one should not assume we are dumbing our children down. honestly my dd using a hand held device or looking around in disneyland is the same thing. for me disneyland is one giant hand held device. for many kids that hand held device is a way of cutting out overstimulation. no they all should not be looking around just because they are in disneyland. for many just crowds are overwhelming.
- We view our mission and purpose as parents is to help grow our kids into adulthood and to think and care about others more than themselves. I think allowing an able-bodied 10 yo in a stroller (a child who will be a teen in 3 years time) is not preparing them for the world or perhaps allowing them to view the world as a place that is meant to serve them, which too is a really debilitating mindset. But that is totally 100% my "take" on life and parenting. One I know doesn't fit others views.
mama perhaps you didnt mean it that way but this whole paragraph comes across as extremely judgemental. according to you allowing able bodied kids to ride the stroller or hand held devices are the type of parents who DONT help their children to think and care about others more than themselves.
do you know in many places in asia there are people carriers in the rural areas. they carry adults and children.
i can totally accept that a child who can hike 10 miles can also be the child who needs a stroller in disneyland. and just coz they ask for a stroller doesnt mean they are spoilt. to me it is meeting their needs on a tight budget.