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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 11:43 a.m. CST

To the editor:

Regarding getting kids to school in the morning, which is a time and traffic issue, I have concerns and a possible solution to share.

As parents and grandparents, we respond to cold and hot weather differently than children, and many tend to project their discomfort onto kids. Children and young adults “weather” the weather better than we do as we age.

Their blood flows better, they move more and faster, they are adept at walking in snow, and they like to slide on the ice. We are in an age with overweight concerns and health and fitness solutions for valid reasons, and I am appalled at the number of cars waiting in traffic to drop off children of all ages at the door to the building every day.

Even if you live beyond walking distance to a school, kids can still walk a few blocks to school. Drop them off at a set destination and pick them up from there after school, as well. Traffic will be avoided, time saved and they may even enter the building earlier than waiting in the car 100 feet from the door as you creep forward and let them out 10 feet from the door.

Allow them to take advantage of their natural resilience to experience weather, excercise, build responsibility and gain independence. Have them wear and use hats, gloves, coats and layers, and umbrellas.

Children can learn how to safely cross streets and use routes to walk if parents teach them. And we should be teaching them. Chauffering to the door is not beneficial, except in the first months of kindergarten, under normal circumstances.

This is for some to consider as there are always exceptions.

Melinda Burgess


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