Todd’s Note: There were days, when I was a kid, where my parents wouldn’t see me all day during the summer or on the weekends. I would run around all over the neighborhood, playing basketball, riding my bike, just doing stuff! Things have changed. This article is a good reminder that kids should go outside and play. I don’t think it goes far enough…or at least it still approaches it from a “protection – making sure the children are safe 100% of the time idea.” I don’t think that you should worry about every little thing that can happen. The fear of something happening usually hinders us from allowing them outside in the first place. So, parents are ok with video games and TV, etc…
The influx of electronic entertainment that seems to be taking over the modern household paired with unprecedented levels of parental fear have created a generation of kids that spend far less time enjoying the great outdoors than their predecessors. The resultant sedentary lifestyle that’s become the norm for many kids can lead to childhood obesity and related health risks, including diabetes and high blood pressure. What’s a parent to do when they’re not sure how much time outside is enough? This handy guide will help you get a basic idea of how much time your child should be spending outside and what her body needs to grow and stay in good shape, all while maintaining her safety and security.
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