My doctor recommended I try walking. I haven't been much into walking since my feet started hurting so much (arch issues) but now I have that pretty well under control. I've also wanted Conner to understand trust, so Drew and I went out on a walk this AM. It was just around our block and we both had our cell phones and he had the number. Two observations:
1. Morning walks are invigorating. I don't usually have the time, and Drew's usually already at work so it won't happen often, but perhaps on Saturdays we could start trying it out. We were able to talk some things out, it was almost like being on a date, but without the fat of cheese fries (yummmm, cheese fries!).
2. Conner felt a lot of responsibility while we were gone. They got their jobs done and all that jazz while he was in charge. Honestly, it was just what I needed him to have. I want him to know I trust him, and I know he will do the right thing. I need to give him opportunities to do that. I called him 10 minutes into it and he made an accounting on how they were doing, I was impressed.
So, would you leave your 8 year old at home while you were just down the block? Frankly, as hard as I've been napping lately, I was probably more available down the block then I was on the couch. :)