I know my kids are overscheduled. But I want them to learn to type (keyboard), play instruments, enjoy theater, and do sports. They’ll watch less TV, play less XBox, stay out of trouble, sleep better, have more fun if they’re active.
Being active is great for kids’ mental health. I read a study that showed Middle Schoolers were something like 30 times less likely to be depressed if they participated in team sports.
I know it helps my mental outlook when I work out.
I’m also more productive. Like the expression says, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” I like being busy, just not crazy busy.
We may all be a little too busy, but we’re not all depressed.
I’d like to go on and on about this. And tie the kids’ activities into this theme of getting them unplugged. But I’ve got to tell them to go to sleep now. It’s late and they’re still doing their homework. I’ve got homework too. I just started an online class, Bootcamp for Journalists at Media Bistro.