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30 minute walk to school?

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Feminine Tue 06-Jan-15 19:23:56

Am I being unreasonable to think that is just fine for a six year old? When my son was 4 he did it. Different area/school but just comparing.
We might be moving areas, the closest school (with a space for my daughter ) (according to Google) is 33 minutes away from our possible new home.
I could do it in 20,as l walk absurdly fast... My walk home, and to collect her wouldn't be so long. A few friends have been surprised that l would consider it...

catchingzzzeds Tue 06-Jan-15 19:27:27

It's fine, I did it as a child and until last year my DS had to. I managed it heavily pregnant and then with a newborn too. Make sure you have wet weather gear though.

Purplepoodle Tue 06-Jan-15 19:29:51

My dc school is a 20 min walk at my pace (30 if they walk/15 if they scoot and I run lol). I'm lucky enough to have a car so on horrible rainy days I can drive. Quite enjoy walking though and dc prefer it

GaryBaldy Tue 06-Jan-15 19:29:56

Yes it'll be fine.

TeenAndTween Tue 06-Jan-15 19:32:32

Get a micro scooter. If you can walk it in 20mins she can probably scoot it in that.

ItsAllKickingOffPru Tue 06-Jan-15 19:33:23

Absolutely fine. I did it with DS from just 5. And yes, scooting/running will be much faster grin Bit of a pita lugging the scooter back home though.

Tykeisagirl Tue 06-Jan-15 19:35:43

We've been doing 25min walk since reception, perfectly doable, many people do longer.

NotCitrus Tue 06-Jan-15 19:35:55

If the school has a scooter park then fine. Takes us just under 30 min via dd's nursery.
Snacks and water for the journey home are vital. I can now walk to school in 13 min rather than 20!

Feminine Tue 06-Jan-15 19:39:20

Thanks all. Even though l have done it, I was beginning to think l had gone mad. Yes, snacks and waterproof gear a must!

ItsAllKickingOffPru Tue 06-Jan-15 19:42:05

It was a nice time to chat about things (even when pouring down). I did get raised eyebrows and a small queue of people in the early days stopping their cars to offer us a lift. I used to stand in front of DS to prevent him from doing Sad Eyes at them.

piggychops Tue 06-Jan-15 19:42:39

You could scoot home too!

Feminine Tue 06-Jan-15 19:46:45

Although agile on my feet piggy l think I would be less so on wheels grin
pru very wise.

When we lived in the US, l was the only one in our town that walked. The looks of concern were heartbreaking wink

bigbluestars Tue 06-Jan-15 19:52:06

I did it for years and loved it.

Andrewofgg Tue 06-Jan-15 19:54:08

A quick look at Google maps suggests that my walk at that age was about 20 minutes at a six year old's pace. And I remember enjoying the chance it gave me to talk to DM without interruption (especially from Big Sister!) so he should be fine.

BigChocFrenzy Tue 06-Jan-15 20:15:15

My mum and I enjoyed a 2 mile walk each way to the kindergarten when I was 4. She taught me my times tables and we played I Spy smile
I think we caught the bus in bad weather, though.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 06-Jan-15 20:48:45

I've done it.

What's that saying ?,'There's no such thing as bad weather, just unfortunate clothing'.

OuiOuiMadame Tue 06-Jan-15 20:51:27

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Feminine Tue 06-Jan-15 20:55:02

I'm quite excited about the prospect of being able to 'get' to walk again. The local primary is only 3/4 minutes away at the moment...

x2boys Tue 06-Jan-15 20:59:35

Yes its fine my sons school.Is about 20 mins up probs easier on the way home!

WaxyBean Tue 06-Jan-15 21:02:58

We walk (or scoot) 25 mins to and from school each day. My poor 2 year old scoots both ways twice a day. It is doable but hard work....

FatherSpodoKomodo Tue 06-Jan-15 21:40:16

We've done it for the past 7 years, perfectly fine. 3 youngest have done it since they started school. Good shoes, decent waterproof coats and you'll be fine.

jimmycrackcornbutidontcare Tue 06-Jan-15 21:45:34

We don't do it to school but my DC (5) walks that distance regularly. It is good for him and he enjoys it. Problems might arise in really icy conditions, torrential rain, snow and so on.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Tue 06-Jan-15 21:57:12

You'll be fine. In fact, you'll be healthy and glowing with well-being.

We often choose to walk locally and get offered lifts. We have a car so people don't understand why we would walk!

We live near to my DCs primary school and they would sometimes complain that the walk was too short so we'd occasionally detour with friends or on our own grin

Just think of all the conversations you can have. Depending on your route you can watch the trees bursting into life in spring, monitor how the daffodils are growing, watch the progress on a building site etc. You can also play all sorts of games, chant your times tables or make up stories, adding a bit each day.

Have fun smile

Musicaltheatremum Tue 06-Jan-15 21:59:31

Children need at ,East an hour of excersise a day so that will be a perfect walk.

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