Monday, August 20, 2007

Blunt Commentary

Back from our road trip.

To start off the week, here's a commentary on fat kids.
"...outdoor play has become dull. Kids don’t know what to do outdoors because they are so accustomed to having things done for them. Games are set up in teams that play each other – and that’s recreation. At home, five year old children are still taken care of like infants, so the very idea that they would have to actually find something to “do” is a bit daunting."

The only thing missing in this essay is a prescription for outdoor play. I think the description of these millennial kids, who consider unstructured play as "dull" is right on, but have we really given up? What do we do to inject excitement, short of getting four year olds out rock climbing?

More soon.