This blog post is about experimenting with childhood freedom – and how not to do it with other people’s kids. Continue reading
Unfortunately, the nature of eventful, blogworthy weeks is that you don’t get time to blog them. So after the busy revolutionary week I was looking forward to Continue reading
I’ve been thinking for a while that, marvellous as the bus is, the girls should try to get to school under their own steam and get some exercise – even if just once a week.
This morning was completely typical of our attempts to get the children outdoors over this holiday (and any holiday, come to think of it):
Yesterday some neighbours’ kids came round on their own to play with mine, as is becoming the norm. When I told them that my children had exceeded their screen time and therefore they’d have to find something to do without a screen on it, they choose to conga round the sitting room. Continue reading
I read a cycle blog a few years ago which argued that there’s a strong link between children’s happiness and their ability to travel independently, such as cycling to school. Continue reading
Something is not quite right when you’re on holiday and you find pavements more interesting than the scenery. Continue reading
It looks like scooters are becoming (literally) the way to go, as far as we’re concerned. I’m still hoping we’ll become a get-everywhere-by-bike family: that the children will build their stamina, that cycling will get safer around here thanks to the Mini-Holland scheme – and that one day we’ll wake up to find that the cycle elves (who have been busy again, providing more cycle parking on the high street) have levelled the hill the children’s school is built on. In the meantime, when we’re not bussing it to school we’re mainly scooting. Continue reading
On Sunday, we finally saw the fruition of eighteen months of door-knocking, emailing, meetings on the street, meetings at the council, a public shouting match at the local theatre and finally a street ballot: we closed the road to traffic and let the children play out! Woo hoo!!