Growing our bond by walking to school

by Stephanie E Posted on September 26, 2010

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When we decided to have children I dreamed of being the parent that’s home after school, preparing dinner while the kids did their homework at the kitchen table. Taking them to the park in the middle of the day and/or running off to the movies before rush hour. My plan was to work in the mornings and be available for my kids in the afternoon and into the evening.

Well things didn’t work out as I planned. We became pregnant shortly before I accepted a new full-time position, which meant I would only have the standard six weeks to spend “quality time” with my daughter before having to return to work. I hated putting her into daycare so early but at the time, we didn’t have another option.

When I became pregnant with my son, I decided to start my own business in hopes it would grow fast enough to replace my income so I could stay home with him. Though the business was and still is growing steadily it wasn’t enough to replace my income. After he was born I was able to take three months off which gave us some time to really enjoy each other.

However, I still had to go back to work and hated it even more. I felt like I was missing out on something, on everything.

This year my daughter started Kindergarten and we chose to send her to a school practically around the corner from our house.

On her first big day, we walked her to school as a family, my husband, my son, and I ALL walked her to school and it was amazing. Even though it’s a short 5-10 minute walk I love taking her by the hand and just chatting about the day to come or the day before. We practice site words, the days of the week or just enjoy the fresh brisk air. We walked her to school every day that week.

Prior to her starting Kindergarten every morning felt rushed and stressed. But when we walk her to school its like time slows down just enough for us to enjoy the moment. At the school the kids play together for a few minutes before the bell, and then we say good-bye. My son kisses and hugs his big sister then grabs on to myself or my husband for the walk back home.

When I drive to work I feel more relaxed even though the traffic is horrendous and I find myself anxiously waiting for five o’clock to come so I can rush to the school and pick her up so we can walk back home together.

I never would have thought how special a simple walk could be. But I feel our bond growing stronger with every step. And best of all, when I ask her what her favorite part of the day was she always answers, “walking to school or walking home.”

What special everyday moments do you like to spend with your family? Let me know by commenting on this article.

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  1. Scott Says:

    Great story. I wish my job and home allowed me the chance to walk my little guy to school. In my last job I would drive him to school each day. It was truly one of the best parts of my day and I miss it greatly. Thanks for the story.

  2. Scott Says:

    P.S. you have a beautiful daughter. Great shot of her.

  3. Joey Says:

    This is a really great heart-warming story. I enjoyed it very much. Its those special ‘little’ moments that make a BIG deal to your young child and to ourselves. I like that her favorite part of her day is walking to school or walking back. I can see where this would be very relaxing, just chatting about the day, then you feel relaxed on your drive to work. It’ll be something both you and your daughter treasure always.
    Very cute daughter by the way!

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    It is a perfect time to share with your daughter focus on a big part of her new life. School is so demanding and this gives you both time to relfect on the day before and after. Great job Mom!

  5. kbum Says:

    Good job, Mom, on finding what works for your family! What a great time of day to share with your daughter and someday your son, too! You really do have to give a little to get a little. We made a hard decision, also, for the sake of being the parent at home. I am lucky enough to have a husband that loves his kids, doesn’t mind taking care of them, and is really good at housework! I stay home with the kids during the week, take care of the house and so forth while my husband works. He’s home every night for supper, and we share the responsibilities and the fun! I go to work Saturday/Sunday while he takes care of the homefront. We miss out on a lot of things (weddings, showers, etc) but we don’t miss out on our family! When our kids were born, everyone always said the same thing, “They grow too fast! Enjoy them as much as you can!” That’s too true! ~ and we are doing just that…..making the sacrifices necessary to live the dream.

  6. TonetteB Says:

    Stephanie,
    Your article was so heartwarming. It shows us that every little minute can be a bonding experience with our child. I love that your daughter said the best part of her day is your walk together! I love the photos you included! Your daughter is adorable! May you always cherish these special times with your daughter! Children grow up so fast and your article helps parents think of little things to do that can make a huge impact on their child as well. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Stephanie Elie is a mother of two balancing work, family and business. She is the author of BizzieMommy.com a blog that was recently listed in the Top 100 Websites for Woman by Forbes.com and also listed in the Power Moms 50 by Nielson’s Online. She’s also the Digital Editor for LifetimeMoms.com and a self-proclaimed tech junkie who loves photography. You will never see her without her iPhone or DSLR and computer near by all dressed in her favorite color – pink.

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