In a society where XBOX trumps sandbox (which were actually cat litter boxes but we survived) the fallout from kids not playing outside anymore makes waves across lamestream media headlines. There is much to be said about the rising obesity problem in the US population, rising cases of Type II diabetes (especially in childhood- nearly unheard of twenty years ago), a generation of lazy, useless workers who quit their jobs by lunchtime because they can’t use their smartphones and do manufacturing work at the same time, and a failing merry-go-round industry. Merry-go-rounds were once a playground mainstay, designed to foster cooperation among children in recreating circus carousel-like experiences, which actually became a child’s first physics experiment combining conservation of momentum with centrifugal force in order see what child flew the farthest when spun too fast to hold on. While this led to the invention of motion sickness medication, crash helmets, playground supervisors, and playground coverings other than bare concrete or asphalt, the boom couldn’t last and children quickly flocked to less painful- and less active- “activities.” Continue reading
Dear Dr. Steve,
I think my wife is cheating on me. She called me from a strange number and said she wouldn’t be home. Then, when she came home, she was covered in hickies and walking like she just learned how to ride a horse. If that wasn’t enough, there was a note in her purse that said, “You were great last night, I didn’t know you could do that on playground equipment.” I know our marriage hasn’t been the best but this is too much for me. She denies it all, says I’m imagining things. Pretty hard to ignore all the signs, what should I do?
Heartbroken and confused
Dear Confused, Continue reading