06 Jan '12, 2pm

Many Parents Push Academics Over Play Which May Harm Kids' Health

Many Parents Push Academics Over Play Which May Harm Kids' Health

shows that parents, not external sources are likely behind a growing lack of childhood free play. The new study, published in the journal Pediatrics , shows that many preschool children are sitting sedentary most of the day, in part due to unrealistic demands on the part of parents. The researchers on this study looked at 34 various child care centers serving 3, 4 and 5 year-old kids, including inner-city, suburban, Head Start, and Montessori and found that children in these centers aren’t meeting recommended levels of physical activity for their age group. Researchers discovered three common barriers to children’s physical activity, including injury concerns from parents, small budgets that don’t allow for playgrounds and pushing from parents and state to focus on “academics” vs. play. We’ve seen before how playgrounds can become too safe, and yes boring, due to dumbed do...

Full article: http://www.inhabitots.com/many-parents-push-academics-ove...

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