Kids less fit these days - 11/20/13

  I saw this article today about how kids today can't run as fast as kids back in the day (in other words, back when I was a kid). In fact, the study shows that kids are about 15% less fit than they used to be.
  It got me to thinking about how different life is for my kids than when I was growing up in Northern Kentucky (until I was 13). We played wiffle ball, kickball, strike out (where you throw a rubber ball to a hitter in front of a wall), basketball, tackle football (no, my mom didn't know), pickle (a baseball run down between bases), and anything else that we could do with a ball. My parents would put the porch light on when it was dark and I needed to go home. Occasionally I forget to go home to eat.
  Now, everything my little girls do is organized. Gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, music, dance, acting, etc. They have some friends in the neighborhood and they'll occasionally go in the backyard and play something, but it's not the everyday experience it was back in my day.
  Somehow, I think it was better back then.

 

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