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The lack of mobility in young people

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I do not understand why so many young people seem to have lost the use of their legs?  Each school day means that these children who cannot use their legs are blocking up the roads for those of us who need to use them.

I have sat in my car behind a mummy in a 4x4 smiling and waving as she let all of her friends out to turn right in front of her as they had just dropped off their legless offspring at school.  The lady who I needed to give insulin to obviously is less important than these immobile children?

Another lack these children have is the ability to wear a coat and hat,I see parents driving their child right up to the door because it is raining.  I wonder if we should start a charity for them so we can help these poor wee things to keep their heads dry on their short walk to school?

Is it such a distant memory of the time when we used to walk to school, took us 20 minutes, but we had time for talking about stinky Stuart, lighting up our cigarettes and thinking up excuses for the homework we have not done, (all good practice for the office.)

Whilst walking my own offspring to school, I regularly passed a lady who tottered out on spikes to her car, bundled the legless children in and then dropped them at the gates just about the same I got there with mine.  Then I know there is so little time, exercise is so important for Mummy, so a quick run to school in the car, drop off at the gates so that she has time to go to the gym for her daily exercise...am I missing something?

4x4 - lack of mobility in young people And then I forget for the legless children there is the "quality time," which can be spent listening to the soothing music from classic radio specially chosen from those legless school run children, while Mummy, or Daddy sits patiently in the traffic jams created.  Plenty of time then to discuss the nuances of their music and how well they are getting on with their teacher.

I had a revolutionary idea the other day as I was sat in the 4x4 jam, you know if these parents walked with their children to school, building the muscles would take time but be very good for future health, the parents could step up the pace on the way back, save some money on the gym as well as keeping fit and trim.

They could also spend quality time talking with their offspring about the same things, point out the same things to look at, and also get rid of their 4x4's!  So their children would grow legs, the carbon footprint would shrink and I could get to my patients!

By: Maggie


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ANTIFACBOOK

ANTIFACBOOK

I think that you are right. also they have become more disrespectful and play footballl out side and throw stones at cars and also there favourite game knock and run
ANTIFACBOOK
18th Apr 13 19:48

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Holloway

Holloway

It's not the kids' fault. Some parents are far too overprotective and don't let their kids walk to school. I used to walk to school in the pouring rain-with a jacket on-every day. It took about twenty minutes, but I never complained because I wasn't "legless". Now I get a bus to school because my highschool takes about an hour to walk to, and sometimes I get a lift because it means I don't have to sit on a leaky school bus that morning. Most kids don't mind as long as it's not very far. Since it's the parents driving the cars, it's a bit stupid to blame the kids.
Holloway
14th Jul 12 16:14

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holloway

holloway

I can see your point about primary school-aged kids. It used to take me twenty minutes to walk to school and I would do that every day, whatever weather. Several of my friends walk almost a mile to school every day, when school starts at quarter to nine, and walk back. I only get a lift to school if my Mum is off work and the road we take is empty most of the time-any other day I take the school bus.
holloway
21st Apr 12 01:28

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The King: Apple Bobbins

The King: Apple Bobbins

Hello Maggie,

When I was a school child, needed a ride because I lived on a farm, after I moved I walked everywhere. I loved it.
People use cars to much I know blah blah, no one on the internet cares, do something about it in real life.

If you want to write crass generalisations about how standards are slipping, etc, then write in to the Daily Mail where other miserable twits would love to share in your misery and spare us.

These moany sort of sites went out the window about 5 years ago. It is a terrible waste of time, and I imagine that you have very bad personal hygiene and no one really likes you. The elderly pelt you with rotten fruit and because you are so disgusting you can't have a job, so you have to eat the rotten food thrown at you.

This really is a terrible site.
The King: Apple Bobbins
13th Mar 10 11:04

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Tallulah

Tallulah

I don't walk places cause I'm lazy, and I admit it. I don't say I'm doing it for my own safety, and I never said it as a teenager, when I used to get the bus about 5 stops to school.
Tallulah
18th Jun 09 05:08

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Terry

Terry

Just imagine, if kids walked to school even two days a week instead of being driven, it would cut road congestion significantly.
Terry
5th Jun 09 23:13

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Mallory

Mallory

I think in the umpteen years I was at school I got driven there twice, both times was when it was heavy snow and cars were skidding off the roads etc. Otherwise, my parents wouldn't have dreamed of driving me the 5 minute walk to school.

It's ironic that so many people complain about petrol prices, yet how many of them are basically doubling their fuel consumption by making these short trips to school? It's a fact that several little trips will use up more fuel than a long one. Save petrol money and give your kids (and yourself) some exercise - walk to school!
Mallory
9th Mar 09 14:11

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A person

A person

I applaud you Maggie for this post. I sometimes feel like crying when I see how many of the poor darlings are unable to walk and have to rely on mummy or daddy for transport everywhere. But of course there are two sides to this story. Think of the dangers the little cherubs would face if walking to school each day.... A puddle, a patch of ice, a few snow flakes, wet leaves, and of course the hoards of bullies hiding behind every lamp post. I can see why the Renault Space Cruiser can be seen as a safer option sometimes. Heaven forbid these kids encounter and/or overcome any problems before the age of 45.
A person
12th Feb 09 13:43

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Michelle

Michelle

Some people live in households where both parents must work. So therefor one of them drops the child off on the way to work, rather than walking back 20 minutes then being late to work.
Michelle
12th Feb 09 13:36

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Matt_Wales

Matt_Wales

ladylaura I totally agree with your comments. Parents could always walk with their children or make sure their children walk with other friends etc
Matt_Wales
25th Apr 08 03:35

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ladylaura

ladylaura

paedophiles, murderers, road accidents, truancy - valid reasons for parents wanting to make sure their child gets to school safely, but surely they can just leave them at the bus-stop and make sure they are with friends
ladylaura
1st Mar 08 22:44

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jk12

jk12

In some areas it may not be wise to let a child to walk to school alone
jk12
23rd Feb 08 21:28

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Chrissy

Chrissy

how many people honestly live more than 20 mins walk from A School, not a favoured School, just A School? The ability to select schools has added to this issue, and created many other issues too, but that is another gripe.
How many child murderers actually are there a day? How many traffic accidents to children are caused by other parents who maybe could have walked? How many children in reality have been attacked by hoodies, (I thought they were the hoodies?)
Maybe if more parents walked then children would be safer as there would be more adults on the way to school to protect the children.
Chrissy
21st Feb 08 17:54

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Youthful Griper

Youthful Griper

Lee, when you grow up and you start working you'll understand why people want to lie in. Make the most of your time as a kid and enjoy it.

I'm up at 6.45am through the week so I can drive to work at 7.15 to avoid queues that build up later on in the morning and to get a parking space before it gets busy. I don't start work 'til 8.30 and usually get to work for 7.45ish.

As for asking drivers to 'calm their driving'... easier said than done! Something so small and insignificant can occur in your routine journey, brought on by another driver perhaps and instead of letting it pass, it winds them up and it affects their driving. All their anger and frustration goes to their feet.

'...and parents didn't live so far away from schools...' - I'm afraid I can't see any logic behind this comment. People choose to live somewhere and if they're a married couple then they don't have a need for schools. It's only when they have a child that it matters and it's much easier to drive to a school than move house. Imagine if everyone lived near schools, it'd still be mayhem because people with 4x4's etc would still drive them to school even though they practically live next door.

I think parents are more concerned about the safety of their children which is why they chaffeur them everywhere. If it's not child-murderers it's hooded yobs, if it's not that then it's dangerous drivers, if it's not dangerous drivers it's the rain! People won't change their ways, it's too much of an inconvenience.
Youthful Griper
20th Feb 08 10:04

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Lee

Lee

Maggie, I am a child, however, unlike a lot of my peers I walk to school, the journey ususally takes about 20minutes but if it's raining or cold I walk a little bit faster so then takes around 10minutes. I think the main reason for Parents dropping children off is becuase of the absolute lunatics driving on the road today. I see many idiotic speeding drivers, speeding to work of a morning becuase they cannot be botherd to wake-up 30minutes earlier, they'd rather have a lie-in. I don't see why everyone wants to lie-in, I am up at 6.30am every morning even though my school day begins at 8.45am, but that's for another gripe. I think if people calmed their driving a little, and parents didn't live so far away from schools and children woke-up earlier, people like yourself would not have to sit in '4x4 jams' all morning and in your patients case, possibly missing their insulin dose. www.betterdrivingplease.co.uk
Lee
19th Feb 08 19:09

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