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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Should Parents Allow Their Kids To Play Football?

Photo by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats via Flickr, Creative Commons
You see your kid with bruises, strained muscles, and ligament sprains; no parent would want to see their kids in that state right? And yet they push their kids to playing contact sports such as football. Being one of the biggest sports loved and watched by numerous families, parents think highly of football, even playground football, as a sport of a real man.

However, being a contact sport with the intention of hitting your opponent, the serious injuries in playground football could land your son to a hospital in an instant. Is there any way to pamper your child into a safe football playground without all the sports injuries? Should kids be allowed to play a harmful sport as such?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Let's End Fat-Shaming among Kids, Shall We?

“What do you weigh? Like 400 pounds? It’s like running into a snowplow.”
-Marcus, Fat Kid Rules the World

“Oh, at least you don't look like some kind of a bloated roadside piƱata! You should really go on a diet!”
-Puss in Boots, Shrek the Third
“ Am I really that Fat?”
- Buzz Lightyear,Toy Story 2

"Lilo, have you been eating okay? Coz you're looking all round and you're rolling over people. It's not nice." - Lilo and Stitch

Admit it, you laughed at the jokes and you even laughed at the fat guy or kid in the show. For some reasons, cartoons and movies have been bombarded with fat jokes, have depicted fat people as funny or, if not, the antagonist in the movie. From the big screen, cartoon movies such as Shrek, Wall-E, Up, Little Mermaid, to television series such as the Biggest Loser, to movies like Bridget Jones’ Diary and Shallow Hal, and even commercial ads like that of PEPSI Obesity ad, they think they’re educating the people about obesity. The thing is, they are educating people that being fat is NOT good.

Photo by Michael Cramer via Flickr, Creative Commons

As a parent, whether it’s in the cartoons or in the playground, the bias that media is presenting to children at an early age is an alarming sight. Fat shaming is a process where fat people are stigmatized, bullied, and discriminated just so they would be somehow motivated to lose weight. Obesity is indeed an issue for all ages. The sad part is, we do not realize that even at a young age, we are shaming them, putting down their confidence in the process of educating them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

9 Effects of Modern Gadgets on Children Development

Technology and kids today is a sight you often see. A toddler holding a tablet, an infant with an iphone in her mouth, what’s new? At one point, parents have great regard over gadgets as a way to pacify their children and as an entertaining and educational tool. But later on, it becomes an alarming sight.

Photo by Wayan Vota via Flickr, Creative Commons
Apparently,  a research from Common Sense Media revealed the exceptional increase of children using gadgets such as smartphones and tablets have increased in just two years. From 38% in 2011, the biannual survey revealed that children below eight year old using mobile devices have gone up to 72% in 2013. Conducted on American parents themselves, the survey further showed the increase of toddlers’ gadget exposure from 10% to 38%. With this, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourage the tech use for children under the age of two saying that it changes the nature of childhood.

Monday, September 8, 2014

12 Fun and Interesting Ways to Get Your Kids Fit

Chances are you have already encountered an overweight child who tends to be socially awkward, sensitive, or even painfully shy. As Myrna Weissman, MD said, “The relationship between obesity and depression goes in many directions. It is very easy in our culture to get overweight. And if you are depressed, you may eat to compensate.” In fact, a study revealed that 20% of obese children label themselves as sad. Whether your child or your friend or relative’s kid is undergoing this battle against the bulge, the key is not to restrict them. Instead, experts strongly recommend that parents must assure their kids that they love them unconditionally and they will guide them to discover and eventually make healthier choices, on step at a time.

Photo by Gaulsstin via Flickr

Playground Equipment has put together a number of tips that bring fun in your child’s fitness plan. As we were curating this, we realized that parents have challenges in gaining weight, too. So, most of these items are things that you can do with your children. After all, academic studies revealed that parents with sedentary lifestyle are likely to have kids who share the same lifestyle. Are you ready to get the fun in your child’s recommended 60-hour daily physical activity?