Five Movements of Mothering: How Moments of Care are Created by the Paths We Walk

The design of streets, in many western cities, is for speed, efficiency, and productivity. Motor vehicles have priority. Likewise, the assumption is that walkers are fast-paced, stepping out to predictable rhythms. Consequently, walking with a child may become a source of anxiety, particularly when pushing a pram, carrying a heavy baby backpack, or controlling the unpredictable movement of children. This article, by social geographers Dr. Susannah Clement and Dr. Gordon Waitt, establishes 5 experience in a walk that provide either opportunities to forge connections with the outdoors, and create understanding of the responsibilities that make a family, or increase anxiety and frustration, depending on the physical space that shapes the walk itself.

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