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Originally posted by whyamIhere
My kid can't run around the block.
But her thumbs could crush a Volkswagen.
Originally posted by eriktheawful
Most of my kids are grown now (my oldest with kids of her own).
They spent a LOT of time playing outside and having fun, even though computers were starting to get some really neat games to play (the 1990s).
My oldest takes her daughter and son to the beach and park all the time. The key being she spends time with them when she's not working, taking them places that doesn't involve console games, computers, smartphones, etc.
My step son is only 10, and he does play on the computer a lot, but I also step in and shut it off and shoo him out to play outside. I have him in scouting too, so while he plays on the computer, he is also spending time outside in the fresh air, sunshine and playing games that are physical in nature.
While technology has a lot to do with it......it's the parents too. If you don't take time to do things with your children that do not involve some form of electronic media entertainment, or if you do not act like a parent and LIMIT your kids, then the product is plain to see: kids acting like zombies.
Parents should take control......unless they too are spending all their free time on electronic entertainment.
Originally posted by mikegrouchy
Originally posted by davethebear
The greatest gift I ever had was my Raleigh Chopper, in the 70's....
9am, get on the chopper, put on a pair of my dads welding goggles, race against my mates for a few hours. Then get off bike and play either football or cricket for three hours with about 30 others, making up around 15 a side. Then back on bike, race around again and again and then get dragged back in the house at 9pm, eat some food and dream about going out again the next day....
I was thin...
I was healthy...
I had muscle...
I had social skills...
I had friends...
But most of all I had a life......
Well, I live in the middle of rural Minnesota, and in my neighbourhood, the kids are out of control -- they're back in school now, but during the summer, there are dozens of them riding around the place, on bikes, skateboards and scooters (really big on the scooters lately,) heading to the park for baseball or basketball games or playing hide and seek in the woods.
I'd kind of prefer the indoor types, as it's not easy to walk the little white dog when kids are constantly coming up and saying "Can I pet your dog?" but I can assure you that, at least in some places, kids are still kids, not video-game playing zombies.
You see fewer kids playing because there are actually fewer children.
If you don't live in an area with a large immigrant population you probably don't see many children. The truth is white middle class women are having very few children.