Saturday, March 28, 2009
I just got back from one of my son's activities and was appalled by parents who were more interested in their cell phones than their children's lessons, or their other small children running around the facility unsupervised. One parent, engrossed in her cell phone conversation, handed a Mt. Dew to her one year old to polish off... Later, when she wasn't on the phone, her parenting discourse, in the course of 10 minutes, ranged from playful, giggling banter to hysterics.
Is it any wonder that we have obesity and mental health epidemics in this country when parents substitute television, video games, sugary caffeinated beverages, and junk food for attention, conversation, and interaction with their children? Our problems run deep and it's not something that physical education and/or health classes can be expected to solve or even make a dent in without a wider support system.
Posted by Boris at 12:02 PM