Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents

Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents

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Major newspapers, news programs, and magazines across the country have recently addressed the current issues of childhood obesity, the link between exercise and improved academic focus, and the importance of diet and exercise in improving the health of our children. As many schools consider cutting recess and removing physical education from their curricula, it has become increasingly important to examine the possible effects of this decision and what it might mean for children and their physical and mental well-being. In Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents, Jessica Skolnikoff and Robert Engvall look at the important issue of play and its changing role in todaya€™s hyper-structured society. The authors conducted countless interviews combined with extensive research in order to gain a comprehensive theory on the current nature of play and how it has affected childrena€™s lives. Specific topics addressed include the impact of over-involved parents upon the play of their children, how kids are chosen for sports teams and the effect of these selections on the kids, the lack of unstructured play, and the lasting impression of societya€™s competitive mindset on children. This book is not a criticism of parents who want to be involved in their childrena€™s lives, but addresses the structural and cultural issues around the changing role of play and the ways in which kidsa€™ sports are viewed in todaya€™s society. Intended not only for childhood development studies, education, sociology, popular culture, and sports studies, this book will be of interest to parents, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, and educators.In kindergarten through fifth grade, gym and recess is an extension of play. Many of the sixth graders we talked to had a hard time with the transition from having daily recess and gym classes at least twice a week to only ... That message is not lost on students. ... educators if a student could come late to gym because of a yearbook meetinga€”evidence, that in some cases, even extracurricular activities areanbsp;...

Title:Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents
Author:Jessica Skolnikoff, Robert Engvall
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2013-12-11


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