I just want to start this post out by saying that this is our own family's personal view on the subject, and every set of parents has the right to make their own decisions based on what they feel is right for their kids based on their own experiences, feelings, etc. so don't get all huffy and crazy offended... I have good friends who have indulged, and that's perfectly fine. Having said that, I'm sure I'll still get some serious S**t for what I have to say on this subject.
I bet you're all like... OMG - what is she going to say that could be so offensive? Well, it's not really all that offensive, but when it comes to parenting, for some reason people get defensive very quickly. Besides, if you're a fan of this blog, you can probably handle it... so here goes...
The other evening when after a gorgeous 70 degree day, we were all outside on the deck, and Mark said to me, "What's that electric noise?" It was a family of three out for a walk on the path behind our house... well, it was a "walk" for the parents as the small child was driving a noisy motorized car.
Mark said to me, "Why would you go for a walk and let a child drive?" Well, when we first had Leighton, we both thought it would be cool to get him a motorized car that he could drive... probably because neither of us ever had one when we were growing up, and what grownup doesn't look back and think it would have been great to have had one, to relive a childhood fantasy vicariously through his or her own child?
I myself had visions of Leighton in a mini version of my Camaro or an Audi R8 Spyder or something very cool... shades on, cruising for chicks (yes, we love our cars in this house... but you knew that). As time has passed, however, we have changed our viewpoint on the subject. Why? Well, isn't childhood obesity a huge concern these days, and aren't children NOT getting enough exercise the way it is without turning a simple walk into a drive? Electronics and TV have become such a big part of our children's lives, and shouldn't any opportunity for exercise be taken full advantage of?
The most annoying non-walking mode of kid transportation is those gas-powered scooters that can be heard simultaneously across multiple zip codes (oh, you'd know if you have heard one). What's wrong with a scooter that's leg-powered? Where could all of this "not walking" lead to? Just think about it... we could all end up like the people on the spaceship in the movie WALL-E, all riding around (not walking) and just getting lazier and fatter! Okay, I'm just kidding... take a deep breath... don't get your feathers ruffled.
It may be somewhat old-fashioned for us to think this way and to rebel against certain trends, but like I said, to each set of parents, their own. I'll admit, I'm not a perfect parent, and I do like to spoil my son just as every parent probably does to some degree which is why I'm not judging about this subject, I'm just giving you things to think about...
And as awesome as I think my boys would look in a mini hummer or a sports car, I think we'll save ourselves a couple hundred dollars (and valuable real estate in the garage) and let our son walk (or run) off that extra energy that he has such an overabundance of. (See? Now was that really so bad?)
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