Quick thoughts about kids and health…
This article hit home with me, since I have a 20 month old. I’m always worried about whether or not he’s getting enough activity. Turns out, he might not be. In these rainy winter months (here in Texas, winter is defined by dreary rainy days, not snow), how do we get the optimal activity time for our children? I’m more worried for those of you who do live in very cold, snowy winters. Summers are easy, but its the winters where we need imagination as parents. Can we steal some from our kids?
If we don’t get our kids moving, we will start seeing more stories like this one:
We are having to get bigger desks to make room for all the obese children in this country. That is freakin’ ridiculous. In my opinion, if a kid needs a bigger desk because he or she is obese, then the parents should have to pay for it. After all, they are the ones that caused his or her problem. Yes, I’m blaming parents! Sure, there is a small percentage of obese children who can blame their situation on a thyroid problem or a glandular problem, but its small. Kids don’t teach themselves how to eat. Parents do. And parents supply the food. As a former teacher, I know this generation is a very entitled, instant gratification seeking generation. And the parents who take little Johnny to McDonald’s everyday because he throws a fit, aren’t helping. If my kid throws a fit, we sure as hell aren’t going to McDonald’s or anywhere for that matter. As a nation, we need to stop pacifying our children with candy and cokes and cookies, and start teaching them how to eat properly. Teach them what a normal serving size is. Teach them to listen to their bodies and know when they are full. Teach them that riding an actual bike is a bigger thrill than pushing buttons so an avatar can ride a bike. If you’re already behind, I’m not going to lie, it will be a difficult road to teach your kid healthy habits, but wouldn’t you rather suffer hardship now that have your child suffer later on down the road? I know I would.