When most of us were kids our parents would kick us out of the house and say “go play,” and while that doesn’t happen anymore for safety reasons, there’s still plenty of ways for kids can enjoy playtime, but apparently more and more of them just aren’t doing it anymore.
According to a new survey, 75% of children under 12 are not getting enough active free play, which could be anything from running to riding bikes and more. And the older a child gets, the less playtime they are enjoying, with 65% of those one to four having a free play deficit, and that number increasing to 77% for those nine to 12. As for why, lack of time seems to be the reason for at least one third of children.
"Our study found that children of all ages do not currently get a balanced approach to play, which is necessary for healthy holistic development," Dr. Amanda Gummer, child psychologist and founder of Fundamentally Children says. "The need to raise greater awareness of the benefits of play has become increasingly obvious, as parents need to feel empowered to prioritize playtime activities."
Source: Financial Content
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One-Hit Wonder - Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
#5 in early 1999
Born on 5/7/1969 in Stockholm, Sweden. Son of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Half-brother of Neneh Cherry.
Anyone with a dog or a cat knows that they always feel better after a short snuggle sesh with their pet and now science agrees. New research from Washington State University finds that spending time petting and playing with animals can relieve stress in just 10 minutes.
For the study, researchers divided 250 college students into four groups. The first group was allowed to pet cats and dogs for 10 minutes while the second group just watched. The third and fourth groups had no contact with the animals, but one was shown a slideshow of photos of the animals and the other was told they’d get to play with them later in the day.
Researchers collected cortisol samples from all of the participants via their saliva and found the people who got to actually pet the animals had significantly lower levels of the “stress hormone.” So if you need to calm down and relax, just spend a little time petting your stress away with your dog or cat and you’ll both feel better.
Source: Women's Health
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A new survey by Staples reveals that 83% of people say a past teacher has made a meaningful impact on their life. Other findings:
- 39% of teachers have called students to check on them after a bad day
- 77% of people say they have a favorite teacher from their past
- 33% of people regret never calling their favorite teacher to thank them for their contributions
- 34% of people have introduced their children to their favorite teacher
1. English ... 43%
2. Math ... 38%
3. Science ... 35%
4. History ... 25%
5. Music ... 21%
6. Grade school ... 20%
7. Health ... 18%
8. Art ... 15%
9. PE ... 15%
10. Home economics ... 13%
Best gifts to say thank you to a teacher
1. Handmade gift ... 35%
2. Baked goods ... 32%
3. Mugs ... 31%
4. Bookstore gift card ... 30%
5. Apple ... 30%
6. Supermarket gift card .... 27%
7. Coffee gift card ... 26%
8. Holiday decorations ... 24%
9. Lotion/personal care items ... 21%
10. Restaurant gift card/certificate ... 20%
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