amywillo - I don't neccessarily think it is worrisome that your dd does not want to walk long distances yet - she is probably getting plenty of excercise in active play. And if you enjoy going for walks, you are probably modeling healthy, active lifestyle and enjoyment of fitness. When I take dd for a run with me, she does not get a lot of excercise (though I do usually get her out at the end, or when we reach a beautiful spot - a lake, stream, etc- for some exploration time of her own), but I feel I am modeling joy in excercise and joy in getting outside and appreciating our beautiful surroundings. I hope that she learns through that that healthy activity is a normal and valued part of our lives. I am thinking more of the older kids who have always been pushed around and do not want to walk to the end of the driveway to the mailbox, or to the bus stop, or through a big parking lot or shopping center, let alone go for a walk or participate in other forms of excercise, who become the very sedentary older children and adults that are on the rise in the US. I would think that, as a parent, if you have pushed your child everywhere (and I am talking about serious overuse of strollers here, not the moderate use that most of us probably employ!), then you probably will underestimate your child's ability to walk any significant distance later on - they have never done it before, after all, kwim?
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5/20/04 at 1:09pm