Originally posted by ellen4641
I wanted to reiterate in a humorous way on your antedote, Scorereader...
reminds me of an old joke about a rock band pulling into a small town on a cold winter night........
and one of them could'nt help peering into a window of a nearby home and saw a complete family (mother , father, and all the children) eating a meal together...
and he says to his buddies "you mean people actually live like that?!!"
that IS funny, Ellen! lol.
a note on play dates for those who don't understand it.
The play date is a way for kids to play together in a safe environment. For two years, while in grad school, I nannied three kids. Play dates were a near daily event for all the kids. The only reason not to have a play date was because the kids had some other after school activity, i.e. sports, dance, music lesson.
While on the one hand, the term play date suggests some sort of planning, most play dates were conspired by the kids on the playground that very afternoon. You'd pick them up from school and they'd say, "can I have a play date with so and so right now?"
Sure, admittedly, some play dates where scheduled in advanced. But usually because the kids or the friends were over involved in other activities and they foudn it hard to get together.
Sure, I'm sure there are kids who basically only do computer games, but in my experience with kids in NW, DC (a very affluent area) most kids are way more over booked with orgnaized active activities than I was.
As a kid, all that unstructured time I had was certainly spent outdoors, but I had a lot more unstructured time than these kids, who sometimes have two activities after school on the same day. Which, IMO, is equally unacceptable as the kid who has nothing after school so he/she plays video games or blogs all afternoon and into the night.
While inactivity may attribute to some overweight problems, I think diet is the bigger reason. The foods kids eat today are significantly more processed than the foods we ate. Fat content, carbs, sugar (through corn syrup), are all higher than our snacks. We can blame inactivity for a part of the problem, but by and large, diet is the main contributor to over weight youths.
Again, this is all from my observations as a nanny for three kids and prior to being a nanny, I was a high school teacher for 6 years. I didn't see everything. So, I respect the viewpoints of those who have had other experiences.