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Active Kids Are Healthy Kids

As a psychologist I have a lot of opinions about raising children. Some of them are not that popular with parents of today.

I am a big advocate of children being active. I see too many children in my practice who spend far too much time sitting on the sofa, either watching television or playing some form of a video game. While I am not against TV and video games, I feel that there is no longer a healthy balance for some where exercise is concerned.

Organized sports, as well as free play shoud be included in the daily activities for children. The free play teaches getting along with others and creativity. Organized sports also helps in social interactions and helps children imporve their self-worth.

Image Credit » Photo from personal file of my grandchildren

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maramadalina wrote on October 18, 2014, 7:45 PM

I definitely agree with you. Kids should be more active instead of sitting all day long in front of computer.

Scorpie wrote on October 18, 2014, 7:55 PM

As an old fool I too have a lot of opinions. When I was growing up the children, myself included, worked every day. Whether it was house cleaning, yard work, animal care, laundry, dishes, food preparation, newspaper delivery, or other chores there was never a day free of work responsibilities. These notions are laughable in today's world.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 18, 2014, 10:14 PM

I totally agree! I'd rather see my grandkids outside running and having fun than sitting inside with a phone or video game in hand. It's quite the battle these days to establish a balance!

BabyTeacher wrote on October 18, 2014, 11:18 PM

So much of current research in early childhood is backing up this common sense notion, that it's a wonder to me that kids are allowed to spend so much sedentary time.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 19, 2014, 10:25 PM

yes when I was young we spent most of the time outside sports, ball games and just being outside. now it is laptops, tablets, TV and other gadgets :(

AliCanary wrote on October 20, 2014, 6:37 PM

I was overweight as a kid becuase I spent more time inside reading comic books than I spent outside playing. And yet, I spent WAY more time outside then--riding my bike, sledding, just randomly playing--than I do now, which kinda explains my butt. I was in my best shape when I was in college, from dancing at parties, taking karate and simply walking everywhere.