green confessions: i drive my kids a mile to school instead of walking them

by Barb on January 17, 2013

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Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.

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My Green Confession

As a frugal, green blogger, I’m always thinking about ways to recycle, reduce, or reuse items or green our habits to make sure the carbon footprint for our family of 7 is as small as it can be. Overall, we do really well. For example, I cloth diapered 4 kids, and every week, our recycling container is chock full of items while we only put out one bag of trash a week.

However, I have one small confession. My children’s school is a mile from our home. I drive my kids to school, and I pick them up in the afternoon. I also drive to school every time I have lunch duty. I drive my kids to soccer instead of doing the 10 minute walk.

Yes, I have a 16 year old jogging stroller that I could use to carry my youngest son back and forth. Sure, it’s only a 15 minute walk to school, and a 10 minute walk to soccer. Yes, I have a bike with a trailer which I could use to carry kids and stuff.

Driving my 4 kids is one thing I do for me instead of thinking about the planet. I’d much rather drive 5 minutes down the road and back again than try to get persuade 4 kids to walk back and forth along a busy road twice a day. I’d rather drive to the library which is about 2 miles from our house than walk there, or ride my bike.

What’s Your Green Confession?

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Dorinda January 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

Ha! I am in the same boat. We live very close to our school. We do try to walk but especially on days like today(rain) we drive!

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CelloMom January 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

I can see how taking four young children down a busy road could be dicey. But Barb: with four children you’re like a one-household carpool! For thanksgiving travel last year, I figured that a Toyota minivan, when fully occupied (7 people) has a smaller carbon footprint, per passenger per mile) than a European train.
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Carrie January 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Same here! I said I’d walk when the weather is nice, but with a baby and 2 1/2 year old.. we’ve only walked a few times!
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Mandi January 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

We drive a lot too, instead of walking or riding a bike. I hope to one day be able to afford a hybrid. That would be great!
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Becky January 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I am horrible at taking my reusable mug to Starbucks and often buy a cup and throw it out each day. I’ve started making my coffee at home lately, so that is helping to cut down.
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Brittany @ The Pistachio Project January 17, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I live in the city and could probably walk everywhere I needed to…but I don’t! Most of the time it’s because I don’t want to lug everything with me on a walk but mostly it’s just because driving is easier.
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Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children January 20, 2013 at 12:03 am

At least you are carpooling, though, right? I sometimes tell myself that as we drive to various events. With four kids, the van is packed.
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Barb January 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

Yes, we are carpooling. ;) We carpooled with a neighbor’s son at one point, and I often offer to bring extra kids along. I’m not driving an SUV which I think has worse gas mileage than my mini van.

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Cynthia January 21, 2013 at 4:02 am

I recycled. It is important to me that we recycle to the point that I am in there with the rubber gloves pulling out everything that should be recycled that my seven year did not put in the correct bin. I am really bad about driving somewhere instead of walking most because I am not use to it or think about it. And I have not got to the point where I can do a smaller vehcile. I honestly tried but had to trade it in for my oversize SUV after six months.
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