Three stories about activity and children: Connecting the dots and asking questions

I really feel for the current generation of kids. The climate of fear really is keeping kids housebound and inactive. If children were raised like they were in, say, the ’70s, when parents would tell their kids “go out and play” after they finished their homework, there wouldn’t be a need for efforts like the Otagenki Project. The children of the parents who wrap their kids in bubble wrap will one day need to relearn how to play. It’s sad.

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

Story 1: How Overparenting Makes Kids Overweight

A study just published in the journal PLOS One is the first to prove a link between helicopter parenting and obesity: Between ages 10 to 11, the researchers found, maternal overprotectiveness “was associated with a 13 percent increase in the odds of children being overweight or obese.”

Warning: Story contains awful photo of fat kids enjoying food, watching tv, sitting on the sofa. Because we all know thin children never do that!

Story 2: Why I Walked to School Alone and My Kids Never Will

It’s no secret that raising kids today is nothing like it was a decade or two ago.

In fact, many moms say there’s no way they would let their children do what their own parents gave them free reign to do as kids.

“I remember taking the city bus with friends and riding to downtown Atlanta when I…

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