Thursday, May 19, 2011

Walk!

We've all seen it. And if you're like me you've totally rolled your eyes.


What is it about a school-age child in a stroller that makes us batty? Supposedly a tumblr blog has sparked a great debate in the parenting world.  I, for one, stand firmly on the side of: WALK!


After seeing this blog I tried to put my finger on what exactly about older children in strollers makes me just plain mad. I think it ultimately speaks to what feels like an increasingly lazy American culture. We constantly hear about soaring child obesity rates and how kids aren't getting enough physical activity. And can't you just hear kid, "...but I don't wanna walk!"?

It's as if we know we don't get out enough, and when we finally do we still aren't doing it right. ABC News had a pediatrician weigh in on the issue. Dr. Jennifer Shu points out that pushing your child in a stroller beyond a certain age deprives them of developing strength and conditioning.


The other piece that takes me over the top is this sense that we can't say "no" to our kids anymore. I can't tell you how many kids I see in therapy because they're defiant, difficult, or just plain annoying (not the clinical term, of course). Let me tell you, an hour of therapy a week won't change what is going on in your family system. Are you guilty because you work too many hours? Fear that denying your child something will make them dislike you? Don't want to deal with a tantrum? Just plain exhausted? Teaching your kid that they can wear you down with whining is a precedent you'll have to manage repeatedly down the road. Save yourself now, parents! And let's all start walking a little more.

What's your take? Does this drive you nuts too?

26 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this before!! It's really horrifying that parents would allow this, though. I have a feeling that I'll be playing "bad cop" with our kids to get the most out of them--omg, I'm totally gonna turn into my mom!

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  2. I agree with you completely! Of course, I do make a small exception for the cases where it's actually necessary or makes sense. For example, one of the kids I work with (I work with kids with autism) has a tendency to wander off/run if he gets excited. So even though he's in kindergarten, his mom sometimes sill uses a stroller for him so that she knows he's secure. Totally okay. But other than instances like that? NOT okay!

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  3. So annoying!! Clearly the child is too big for the stroller.

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  4. I totally agree with you. Honestly, a school aged kid in a stroller is just... gross. Get your lazy, spoiled ass up and walk! Ugh.

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  5. Agree times a thousand. It irritates me too and agree that it only increases our cultures laziness...to a point of ridiculousness!

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  6. WALK! I am with you. The only thing that I can *kind of* understand is if you're at, like, Disney World or something & it's easier to keep going instead of dragging? I don't know!

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  7. Yes, I completely agree, though I'd be careful because you never know when those kids might have muscular dystrophy or some other condition that makes it hard for them to walk. Obviously it's acceptable in those cases!

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  8. I've had arthritis since I was a child (and used to ride in a stroller at times), so maybe they have something else going on. Don't judge unless you are sure that the kid is just a lazy-bones :)

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  9. Let's keep it real. I'm not talking about disabled kids. My sister was strolled around until she was probably 8 years old. I'm talking about the larger cultural issue.

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