Since we live less than a mile from our kid’s school they don’t have the option to get picked up by a bus. They either have to walk or we have to drop them off.

Our house is about sixth tenths of a mile from the school. We live at the top of a hill and the road leading to the school is also a hill. So our kid’s get to say they walk to school in the rain and snow up hill both ways.

I’ll be honest, though. This morning was a torrential downpour with thunder and lightening. So I drove them most of the way. I dropped them off at the corner where the crossing guard is and they walked the rest of the way in. This saved me the trouble of fighting the line of parents that had to drop their kids off right at the front door.

But in a light rain, or even a steady shower, the kids still walk.

I find it troubling when I see a cluster of cars at a bus stop. Parents waiting with their kids so they stay warm and dry in the car until the bus arrives.

We honestly are not that far from school and having the kids walk a mile and a half round trip is not that big of a deal.

And I have my kids walk to and from school because it is going to make them better people.

The walk alone will give them more daily exercise than most kids get these days. Their bodies will get stronger and stay stronger. As will their minds. Exercise helps the brain just as much as it helps the body.

And even when walking isn’t the most pleasant thing to do, like when it is cold or a little rainy or there is snow on the ground, it will be okay.

I always tell my kids that it is okay to be uncomfortable. It is okay to exert some energy to get to and from school. It is okay to do these things because doing them now will prepare them, even if just a little bit, for when they have to face greater challenges and uncomfortable situations.

It is okay to let your kids walk to school, in the rain, uphill both ways.

It will make them better people.