Happier and healthier children

The start of a new school year is all about adventure. And not just for the children.

Our campaigns and engagement manager, Ruth, describes how she and her young daughter are getting used to their new daytime regimes.

Ruth our campaigns and engagement manager
Parent and child walking

It’s September and my daughter starts ‘big school’ this week.

It’s a stressful time for me. Do I have the right uniform? How will she settle? Have I filled in all the right forms? What does she need to take? Oh, crikey she doesn’t have any black shoes, what do we do?

Added to a very full schedule these things all mount up.

The ‘big school’ is only for a couple of hours each day. So there’s the added logistic of wrap-around care and getting her to and from all these places.

Plus I do actually have to get myself to work too.

Sometimes driving just seems like the only feasible option.

But yesterday, I decided to start out on the right foot. I decided to swap the nursery run for the nursery walk.

I threw caution to the wind – and ditched the schedule.

So what if tea and bath were late?

We got home in happy moods (the Kinder egg helped) and the bedtime routine, although delayed, was easier as she was zonked.

A brisk 15 minutes to get there (with empty pram for back up on the walk back) was actually quicker than I thought.

My daughter was particularly excited to hear that we had an ‘adventure’ ahead. The task was for her to pick out interesting things to take photos of on our way home.

We stopped off at an international supermarket, at the local shop for milk and for a Kinder egg pitstop.

We walked at her pace and it was lovely, although sloooow at times. We got home in happy moods (the Kinder egg helped) and the bedtime routine, although delayed, was easier as she was zonked.

I’m not sure we will make it everyday, but I’m hoping to walk her to or from ‘big school’ or nursery once a week.

Little steps and all that.

And her grandparents will need to get in the walking spirit too.

Photos from the first-day adventure

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