Back in the olden days, my parents had to walk to school 2 miles each way. Barefoot. Uphill. And they had to walk home for lunch, too. Motor skill development wasn’t such a problem back then.
As a child, I never questioned how it was possible that it was uphill both ways, but now I get the feeling they may have been exaggerating. Just a bit.
In today’s day and age, kids hardly ever walk to school. Or anywhere, for that matter. Even the ones who live down the block get dropped off by parents on their way to work. I can see how this is easier during the morning rush and safer than letting your child wander the streets alone. But kids need exercise. And the truth is, there are easy ways to make sure you are supporting your child’s health and gross motor skill development every single day. Continue reading