Skipping Home from School

A Spontaneous “Interview” with a Child Who Was Making the Most of Spring

The other day when walking in my neighborhood I found myself crossing the street with a young girl and her mom. The child was holding her mom’s hand and skipping on the crosswalk lines, When we reached the sidewalk she began a new “routine” – spinning and jumping between the lines in the pavement. I was impressed and told her so. Looking up, she smiled and said, “I have to, this is the way I get over sitting in school all day – we sit a lot!”

This small interaction was a reminder of how much parents and children need to develop ways to compensate, especially at the end of the day, for the lack of movement and play in most classrooms today.