Doctors Prescribe… Outdoor Play?

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Has it come to this? You need a doctor’s prescription to get your kid outdoors? He won’t go out and play unless it’s doctor’s orders?

Apparently so (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/well/writing-prescriptions-to-play-outdoors.html).

I’m not here right now, by the way. I’m vegetating at the doctor’s office, an exercise which sometimes takes up the entire morning. Just now I’m probably thinking how much I’d prefer to be outside.

Anyhow, doctors are discovering that children spend way too much time in front of some kind of screen, taking root indoors, risking “burnout from looking at screens all day” as well as becoming stressed-out, overweight, or both.

Parents let them stay indoors and not go out because “parents are scared to death” of predatory strangers and the ever-present risk of injury. Then they send ’em off to public schools to get their minds and souls injured. So they don’t let ’em out, and the kids grow up weird and unhealthy.

Uh… toldja so. Toldja.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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