A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. So Walk to School Week was started to encourage more kids to get out of the car and walk to school.
It seems sad that you need a campaign to encourage children to do what most of us did without thinking anything of it - any kid who got driven to school in my day would have been mercilessly teased.
But you know what, it is up to us: we, the parents, have to set our kids an example.
If the example that you set is that you get in the car to go just a mile down the road, that is the behaviour that your kids will see as normal.
Living Streets is the organisation that runs the national Walk to School campaign, and according to them, parents who walk find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and that they and their children feel healthier and fitter.
Teachers even report that those pupils who walk to school are more attentive once they reach their desks.
Walk to School Week is part of a larger campaign by Living Streets called WOW - a year round walk to school challenge where participating schools award badges to kids who walk to school regularly.
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There are lots of ways you can make your walk to school fun! Look out for all the things that you miss while travelling in the car - why not take a photo of them too.
If your child's school is taking part they may also be having a Happy Shoesday, when children and staff to wear their happiest shoes to school and donate £1 to Living Streets.
So go on, get out of the car - or if you truly live miles and miles from the school, at least park a little further from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Help encourage the kids to walk to school with this free printable Let's Walk to School poster for them to colour in.
Have a good Walk to School Week!
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.