Back to School and back to routine, YAY!!!
But also, back to that dreaded school run every day!
I know all too well how you feel, I’ve been doing those school runs for fifteen years and about five years ago I began to dislike them myself, usually when I was skating down the lane with a pushchair and tribe of little people, through the winter ice and snow or when it started bucketing down with rain at precisely 3pm when I was leaving the house, or on those sweltering summer days stuck in morning mayhem traffic, while getting a tribe of little ones in and out of the car.
But then I realised one thing, the daily school run or wherever else we need to go, still takes a journey to get there, whether we stop to notice all the splendour around us or stress out about the weather or traffic.
I know we’re tired, busy and don’t have the time to waste, standing and staring at trees and clouds. But do we have time not to?
Children are naturally present in each and every moment. They see the world and are in awe of its beauty and newness, they’re not tired of life. They enjoy exploring all it has to offer and have all the time in the world to stand and stare. The school run is a chance for them to appreciate the beautiful blue sky, with white, fluffy clouds, making unusual shapes. They muse at the sun shining on the dew drops, glistening as they dance on the lush green blades of grass. This beautiful love of life and nature, is the reason why children wake up so early in the morning. They are excited about the adventure that lay ahead each day and they don’t want to miss out on anything or waste time sleeping.
THE RAINBOW IS THE TREASURE
To children, the journey is as relevant as the destination. They couldn’t care less about the pointless pot of gold, at the end of the rainbow, they’re more interested in the beautiful colours of the rainbow itself. If we can remember to think more like them again, as we once did as children, this makes life a lot easier and more enjoyable, not only for our children but for us too.
FRESH AIR & ADVENTURE
We all need a bit of daily fresh air, but by simply taking our children out for a walk- in nature, we offer them an adventure. From bug hunting to blackberry picking, adventures don’t feel like exercise but fun. Yesterday while walking home from school in my neighbourhood, despite a sprinkling of rain, we foraged for Blackberries.
LOVE OF NATURE
Taking them out in all weathers, wet, windy, snowy or sunny conditions will encourage or rekindle a love of the elements. This way, their surroundings become an opportunity to explore, rather than an exercise or inconvenience.
Whatever the weather there’s no excuse not to go outside.
‘There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes!’
As long as they’ve got a raincoat and wellies, jumping in muddy puddles will be all the exercise they need.
A FORM OF MEDITATION
Being in touch with nature is said to be more beneficial, than any exercise they may do while outdoors.
Taking a stroll can clear their minds like a form of meditation too, reducing their thinking activity and providing them with a form of freedom and escapism.
FOCUS & PRODUCTIVITY
They also need regular outdoor break times at school, to provide some relief from all that concentrating in the classroom.
Taking a walk or having a run around the yard helps them to go back into lessons, with a clearer more focused mind, improving their productivity.
HABITUAL EXERCISE & SLEEP
While ditching the pushchair and allowing toddlers to walk on the school run with siblings, is a great habitual form of exercise.
It may take a little longer to get where we’re going, but rest assured our children will eat and sleep better, and be in a better mood for it, making everyone’s life happier. Nothing beats fresh air when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
Exposure to sunshine is also great for providing children with vitamin D, which is good for absorbing phosphate and calcium, for healthy muscles, bones, and teeth. It’s unlikely they’ll get enough vitamin D from their diet, so sunshine is important.
Walking to and from school is a great way to start and finish each day. And best of all it can be fun and free!