The children nowadays have so much more to contend with than we did. We could eat candy all day long and top it off with big mama’s soul food at dinner time. But not now, the tides of change have erased all of that. The parents these days are buying fast food for dinner and/or lunch and not only that making sure they have goodies around the house to snack on.
But, the children aren’t playing all day and staying out till the streetlights come on. The schools aren’t giving recess for at least 15 minutes and the children according to a report in MSNBC are suffering because of it. Not only that, the fast food and candy is welling up around their hips and butts and causing a national health scare for obese children. All of us have to be diligent about what our children consume and let them know, “If you want this cookie, give me 3 laps around the house.” The more we encourage fitness, the less we have to deal with visits to the doctor.’
But what is the answer when their community doesn’t even allow something as simple as a walk outside? In addition to the fundamental need for more recess at school, MSNBC has released a report that shows that black children are disproportionately caught inside the house because the communities they live and go to school in are not conducive for recess or for just going for a walk in the neighborhood. Apparently, the violence in low income communities is akin to being black. And the behavior issues our children have in school are attributed to the lack of recess and/or freedom to move about.
How do we get out from under these issues that tend to incarcerate our children without them committing a crime? The dreams and ideas they will have will be parochial at best. Check out the report and let’s figure out something now that Bush is gone.