A study finds that kids are less active on the playground when parents are (omni)present

A study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine designed to examine how children use parks, with an eye towards creating parks that encourage vigorous physical activity, produced an unexpected finding. “The single most potent factor associated with how much physical activity kids (especially little ones) got was the presence of a parent,” writes blogger Jennifer LaRue Huget in the Washington Post. “Kids with a parent in the park engaged in far less physical activity than those whose parents weren’t there. (Non-parental caregivers had a similar, but lesser, influence.)” Why? “The study says this is in keeping with other research showing that parents’ worries about their kids’ safety hampers outdoor play.”

via A study finds that kids are less active on the playground when parents are (omni)present.

Interesting but well known finding from my theory. Let the kids go through their due course of life and learn from it. You as parents need to give support but not indulge.  Think of this article in combination of another school reform: You need to combine both to make each work. This is what I call accumulated choices: kids and parents both choose what it’s best for the kids

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