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October 08, 2008

Green Parenting Week -- Play

Kids_playing_with_leaves_istock_000Want your kids to grow up healthy and green? This week we'll offer tips for eco-parents.

Play Outside If children learn that sticks and leaves can be as entertaining as television or video games, they'll develop a less-is-more mind-set that will help them resist carbon-fueled consumption habits in the future. According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "free child-centered play" fosters creativity, resilience, and confidence. Unstructured play doesn't have to be unsupervised, but parents should remember to let children take the lead.

Tell us what you think: Alvin Rosenfeld, co-author of The Over-scheduled Child, believes today's youth lack free time. He says that "empty hours teach children how to create their own happiness." Nevertheless, many parents feel pressure to enroll children in organized activities. Do you think kids are over-scheduled?

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