We have an exciting announcement: we are hosting a very generous "mommy-and-me" giveaway from Kickboard USA of two scooters -- one for a grown-up and one for a two- to five-year-old child. We love these scooters! See below for why and for details on how to enter the giveaway.
Can you wrap your head around the fact that the first day of school is approaching? Can you picture that first morning? In particular, have you figured out how you'll get your little one to school? Will you walk together, hand in hand? Will you push the stroller, strap'em into the car seat, or, perhaps, race after your child on her bike or scooter?
However you get yourselves from your front door to the preschool steps, we hope it's an enjoyable time. Because you'll be making that trek, back and forth, so many times in the coming year. Often you'll be rushing (that seems to be how it goes), but sometimes you'll mosey along in leisurely fashion. Sometimes you'll be doling out snacks as you go, other times you'll be having priceless conversations with your child about his day. Always, the journey to and from is a time to savor.
Speaking of methods of getting to preschool, I will tell you a little tale about our trekking here in New York City. On the first day of school last year, virtually all of the three-year-olds arriving at the school steps were in their strollers. Our preschool is housed in a small townhouse, and that means lots of stairs. The parents and babysitters maneuvered their way into the "stroller parking" in the basement, and then coaxed little ones up two flights of steps or into a small, crowded elevator and everyone smiled, sighed and rolled their eyes as we all realized that this was to be the morning routine for the next nine months.
Fast-forward to January and, as you may have heard, the huge snow-drifts that made pushing a stroller for eight city blocks completely out of the question. I remember seeing one desperate mother pick up her baby and abandon her stroller on an impossible corner (foot deep slush off the curb, narrow, icy pathways thought waist-high snow pile-ups, ugh!!) -- that's how bad it was. During this period, needless to say, the three-year-olds at our school were bumped out of their strollers pretty quickly. In head-to-toe snowsuits, the kids trudged through the snow, and everyone was late to school because they were having such fun tossing snowballs at the cars.
Come spring, guess what? Hardly any of those kids were in strollers any more. They had survived the winter, they had grown, they had developed lots independence, and lo and behold, their strollers were a thing of the past. Some walked, others skipped, and many sprinted down the last block. One kid wobbled along on his new bike with training wheels (his mother didn't look too happy about it). And several skimmed confidently across the streets and sidewalks on their scooters.
My little girl was one of the "scooterers" (as she dubbed them), and what fun it was to watch her sail along, helmet on her head, pack on her back, weaving confidently through the pedestrians (cringe) and taking the sidewalk bumps with ease. Wow! What an independent, fearless creature she's become, I'd think, as I jogged behind her, trying not to fall too far behind.
Just a week ago Kickboard USA sent me a beautiful White Kick Scooter to take for a test drive. When I opened the box, I felt like a kid: so excited! I could not wait to hop on for a ride, and luckily, it was a cinch to adjust and lock the folding handlebars into the right position. I called out to now my now four-year-old scooting buddy, and she jumped on her Mini Kickboard scooter, and away we went. SO FUN.
I see a lot of scooters here on the streets on NYC. Toddlers and preschoolers ride them, big kids ride them, and grown-ups too. Given our fascination with scooters, my daughters and I have taken many a model for a test ride, and I can tell you without reservation that Kick scooters are by far our favorite. For kids, the three-wheel design offers great stability, yet the genius Swiss design gives excellent maneuverability and a very smooth ride. My new two-wheel scooter is just as well made, with incredible stability and an almost-effortless ride. The handlebars are comfy, and the scooter even comes with a small but very sturdy kickstand! Seeing my Kick Scooter lined up in a row with those of my kids makes me very, very happy.
Now for the best part of this post: You too, dear readers, can share in the child-like joy of opening a box that contains a scooter just for you. And to add to the fun, we're throwing in one for your kid as well! (So don't even think about trying to steal mom's!) That's right... Kickboard USA is giving away one White Kick Scooter (bigger kid or adult size) and one Mini Kickboard scooter (for ages two to five, style pictured above) to one of our lucky readers. Your preschool transportation dilemmas are solved!
To enter, comment on this post by August 14 and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you. In your comment, tell us: What is your favorite way to get your child to and from preschool?
Disclosure: We were given two scooters from Kickboard USA to review. The opinions above are the writer's own.
We've chosen a winner! With the help Random.org, Cindy W has been selected as the lucky recipient of two scooters from Kickboard USA. Thanks, everyone!
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