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Ten Thousand Hours ... of Fun!

Mike Tevlin | Apr 1, 2017 12:17:09 PM

Cartoon Kids Playing on Street.jpgIt's easy to generalize and sound like our fathers and their fathers and... but, let's face it, kids don't play outside like they used to in the "good old days". Why this is the case is not for me to analyse in this short essay. We all know the obvious answers - video games, social media, neighborhood dysfunction, blah blah, but somehow we have to encourage our young boys and girls to get out there and play!

When I was a kid and my mother would be yelling from the front porch to come home for supper (her voice could carry for blocks) I would have to put down whatever ball, glove, bat, racquet, mallet or stick and get home. Often I was a little late because the "next goal wins" rule would be put forward, then I would be so hungry that the sprint home after was a nice bit of natural and physically coordinating exercise.
I guess my point is that the ten thousand hours that today's brilliant thinkers say are necessary were being done back then - for fun. Was everything technically perfect? The answer is obviously no, but the body, if you are the competitive type will organize itself when you are young in order to help get you off to a good start. And a good start at a multitude of fun sports and games will set one up with physical awareness that will, with the right mind set, make you coachable when you get to the stage where sports become a bit more "serious".
Let's all encourage them to play outside. Maybe, if you're up for it, challenge them once in a while to beat you in a game of one-on-one or a hitting derby or a game of croquet or ping pong. Before you know it, other kids will wander in and you can sneak back inside to lick your wounds. And when it's raining or snowing so hard that they really can't be outside, then it's time to have them crack open that game of Monopoly...  oops, I mean the X-Box, and have at it in the basement.
I know we'll never go back to the "good old days" but let's keep trying for the sake of the kids.
Mike Tevlin

Topics: Motor Skills, Outdoors, Sports, Activity, Sedentary Lifestyles, Technology

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