Three Years of Walking to School

In the fall of 2009, when Mia was 3 months old, both girls started together at the same preschool/daycare. It’s a mile from our house and I committed to walk them there as many days as weather and schedules allowed. We walked 253 times over those three years. This slideshow captures a sampling of our walks.

If you view it while thinking about Mia’s development, there’s a lot to see. She learns to reach, point and eat with righty, she wears her constraint splint (first hot pink later green on lefty), she learns to sit, walk, ride a balance bike. You can also see the developing relationship between the girls. And, I treated this as hardiness training so we walked in all seasons, with appropriate gear, and as a result my girls are quite comfortable and capable to be outside all year long. Mia’s determination is a huge asset as she has worked hard to gain skills and functioning. Zoe is a fantastic motivator to Mia as she wants to keep up and do everything that she sees Zoe doing.

May is pediatric stroke awareness month and I am sharing tidbits learned while parenting Mia, who had a stroke around the time of her birth, almost 4 years ago.

4 thoughts on “Three Years of Walking to School

  1. Courtney

    Adorable. I love that you seem to live the adage “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

    1. mara Post author

      Thanks Courtney. Yes, the right clothes can make a big difference. Chocolate milk helps too!

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