Loosen Up Parents And Let Your Children Play Outside

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If you have kids, you know what it's like to go from activity to activity with only a few moments in between. You may think you're broadening your child's horizon, but you may be doing more harm than good.

Researcher Peter Gray claims that almost 85% of children today have higher levels of anxiety and depression than children in the 1950s and this is the result of our busy lifestyle. Gray notes that since the 1950s, the amount of time that children play outside with their peers has decreased. At the same time, the number of depressed and anxious children has increased.

Yes, correlation is not causation, but Gray still believes that playing outside is important to the long-term health of our kids. Gray points to studies that show kids are happy when they play outside with their peers and that playing outside with other children increases their social skills, cognitive ability and self-confidence.


I don't know about you, but slowing down sounds like a win-win situation to me. Parents won't be running around like crazy and kids will be able to enjoy a rousing game of red rover in the backyard. What more could you want? [Discovery News]

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