Archive for May 17th, 2013

The Serious Benefits of Play

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Between 1980 and today, childhood obesity has tripled, raising from 6.5 percent to 19.6 percent . With the nonstop influx of fast food chains popping up on every block, slinging happy meals on street corners like sketchy drug deals, this comes as no surprise.

From television, flashy touchscreen devices and the internet, playground equipment has been left to rust. Children don’t care to go outside for active, imaginative play when they can just push a button and access endless entertainment in the comfort of their living rooms.

As parents, we are responsible.

When’s the last time you heard of families installing backyard swingsets, building sandboxes, assembling trampolines or shopping for playground equipment? Outdoor play is critical to a child’s developmental health and is quickly blending in with the past.

Taking a leisurely stroll around Rochester, NY recently, I counted all the ‘for sale’ signs I saw. With summer around the corner, I couldn’t believe how much unwanted playground equipment there was. On every other street were cardboard signs informing passersby of trampolines for sale; jungle gyms for sale; swing sets for sale. Each sign read at the bottom: “Inquire by email.”

This is more than just a lament of the forgotten outdoor playset. It’s bigger than just nostalgia for playground equipment. We are selling our children short by allowing them to sit drooling on the rug with nothing more than an iPhone and a Ritalin prescription. Outdoor play holds so many benefits which we, as guardians, have been scrolling over:

Recent studies suggest that an hour or two a day on playground equipment can be effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.

Being active on playground equipment is a form of exercise, which results in a healthier, stronger child.

It has been proven that stress levels in children fall dramatically within minutes of seeing green spaces.

This is a great source for more.

Why I Hope Not To Need A Lawyer Anytime Soon

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Lawyers are very important cogs in the American judicial system machine, I do not want to need one. If I do end up needing a lawyer it is probably because something bad has happened.
If I need a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer it will be because I am accused of committing a crime. I did almost need Massachusetts criminal defense attorneys due to a ticket I received on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Ultimately my wife took care of it despite my desire she let it go. If I had not listened to my wife I probably would have needed a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer. I am glad this did not happen in Pittsfield and I do not know a single Pittsfield criminal defense lawyer. Had I gotten into a violent accident out of state I would have needed a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer who would have represented me against the claim of injuring another driver. He would have been facing other Massachusetts personal injury lawyers in court which would have been very expensive.
I suppose if I did not listen to my wife enough and we lived in Boston I could end up needing a divorce attorney Massachusetts. Needing a divorce attorney Massachusetts after over 20 years of marriage would be quite sad. My in laws used a divorce attorney but being in New York did not use a divorce attorney Massachusetts. When a divorce attorney Masachusetts has to get involved it is because at least one of the two sides has given up trying and decided that they would be happier without the other person. Despite plenty of fights over the years I am sure I am better off with my wife than needing a divorce attorney Massachusetts. My wife would never go for the Norwegian findings that divorce rates were lower in families where women did the housework.
One reason we might need a divorce attorney Massachusetts is if we had problems with communication or our money issues were worse. We will not need a divorce attorney Massachusetts because of infidelity or abuse or loss of interest.
The only time my family really enjoyed using a lawyer was when they used a family law lawyer to adopt me.