Have the instincts of our species atrophied so completely that parents need to be told to have their kids play outside?
Apparently, it’s worse than that.
Apparently, the American family of homo sapiens now needs national commissions, Congressional oversight, how-to books and even a slogan, “No Child Left Inside,” to get our young out of their shelters.
This used to be accomplished when primitive mothers and fathers pointed a finger and spoke two words: “Go outside.” Occasionally, two other words were needed: “Or else.”
In the meantime, I’ll have to trust what I observe: kids who spend a lot of time in front of screens are different than kids who don’t. It’s not brain surgery.
But surely between the sadistic amounts of homework schools now load on all kids over the age of 7, organized sports and lessons, portable electronic games and the big-screen junk, we are squeezing the imagination and the daring out of our kids.
If you don’t believe how out of touch with nature and lazy kids have become..ask one:
What is your favorite activity?
See if he says fishing, playing handball or going to the movies, playin on his or her computer, or video game.
Never mind real little ones, teenagers happen to be the most active Internet bloggers. They post pictures, names, addresses, schools, and yes…even their phone numbers, and guess who’s parents are unaware of this?
Almost all of them.
So why are parents creating mini couch potatoes?
Physical activity is known to improve school performance, concentration, mood and yes …even behavior. Obesity in children is at an all time high.
And let’s be honest friends.
Kids nowadays..(man that makes me sound old..lol ) are undisciplined, manipulative, and unpleasant to be with much of the time. Right? Right.
They’ve never been taught the difference between their needs and their unending wishes.
Why are they like this…For the same reason they are permitted to rot in front of their television sets and computers all day: Permissive parents who don’t set limits and give in to their incessant tantrums and whining.
All this coddling and constant parental attention actually interferes with a child’s learning to do things for himself and learning to deal with life’s frustrations in the long run.
So guyz and dollz.
Don’t waste your time “negotiating” with kids.
Send ‘em outside in the yard to play and get their hands dirty for mercys sake.
What say y’all sweet friends?
Were you encouraged to be active as a child…and did you encourage your kids to play outdoors…….Fess up~! Heh.
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