Want Your Toddler to Keep Moving? Don’t Hover
If you’re wondering why your toddler isn’t playing on the swing set or climbing on the jungle gym at the park, you may be the one to blame. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that kids are less likely to run around the playground if their parents are acting like “helicopter parents,” hovering close by. In 2007, researchers observed 2,712 children in 20 parks around Durham, NC, with the original intent to find out how kids play in parks and provide information for designers on how to develop public parks effectively. But while working on the study, researchers unintentionally discovered that a child’s activity had more to do with their hovering parents and less to do with the park layout. They also found that there were higher levels of activity in parks with basketball and tennis courts -- younger kids were most active, and boys were more active than girls. Now, that doesn’t mean you should drop off your kid at the park and drive away, but try sitting down and just watching while they do their own thing.
What do you think of this study? Are you a “helicopter” parent?
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