Screen time with Grandma is great; time with Elmo learning letters is good if
its controlled; other screen time is time away from physical activity (read time
building up fat stores). We used to go from dawn to dusk and rarely did you see
a fat kid at school. Now, they sit with the electronic babysitter and the
results speak for them selves. Unplug, go play, be healthy. And parents - lay
off the fattening snacks; get back to natures good stuff. Think I'll go
eat an orange.
I taught elementary school for 43 years. During that time children's diets
went from healthy to junk. Snacks used to be an apple, nuts or raisons: now
children's diets are based on the taste for fat, sugar, cholesterol and
highly processed meats. Cookies, doughnuts and meals packaged in little plastic
are now common. We may be the richest country but we are sadly uninformed when
it comes to how we take care of our bodies and the bodies of our children.
Cookies, candy and chips are everywhere. We pass them out in church, schools, at
home and on the road. They are advertised on TV, the internet, billboards and we
as adults pass them out because we want to be liked.
Personally, I think the greatest health risk to children is not enough time to
entertain themselves. It's that time the get a little bored that they use
their imagination to invent play. They spend so much time these days in
organized activities. Where they are occupied with whatever someone else has
thought of. Just let them play.