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Have you seen this article, about how nearly 50% of kids don’t spend time outside each day? And, sad but not surprising, little girls are far more likely to spend their days indoors than than little boys.

Not at my house.




P. S. yes, she did eat the dandelion. 🙂


Written by GRSeim

April 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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  1. Minorities were far less likely to spend time on the playground with their parents than kids with white parents: Asian mothers were 49% less likely, black mothers 41% less likely and Hispanic mothers 20% less likely to venture outside with their kids. It’s probably not coincidence that minority children have a greater tendency to be overweight.

    Well, that’s a lovely bit of condescension for you.

    Still, I’ll admit to being a bit surprised at the results of the research. I’m probably biased due to the temperate climate in which we live, but we see little boys and girls in just about equal measure everywhere we go. I can see gender stereotypes and gendered socialization playing a role, though – little girls preferring creative indoor play whereas little boys prefer boisterous outdoor sports, that type of thing – I wonder how much the research explores that.

    In trying to track it down (some of the articles are behind a paywall), I did find one other interesting thing, though, which is New Sex Education Standards Released. Some good stuff in there that gives me hope about the kind of abstinence-only education I experienced as a kid/teen is on the way out.

    And, way cute photos of your kiddo! I love how it looks like she’s checking to see whether the coast is clear to nom away.


    April 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

    • I wonder if they paid any attention to the housing status of the families included in the study. I really struggle to get my kids outside every day because we have to walk a few blocks to the park in order to play safely, and I was fortunate enough to be able to land in an affordable neighborhood with a really nice, quiet little park with a great play structure. Before we moved to Seattle we lived in an area where we would have had to take a bus trip to get to a safe place for a child to play outside and that is just not going to happen every day.


      April 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

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