Listen to What the Kids Say

Listen to What the Kids Say

It is remarkable what you can get out of children when they are away from their parents. They will tell you things that will make you smile, and make you cry. In the focus group sessions with kids, it wavered not. I wish I would have taken video. However, I found this wonderful blog with some great content and this video,

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Of Bobby Orr

Of Bobby Orr

We love to say things to our kids like “when I was your age, we never had more than 3 channels on our television, and they were all in black and white.” Our parents did it to us and we do it to our kids. Truth be known, there is always something to learn from our forefathers. Often, kids don’t want to listen to us because they think they know better. Every once and awhile though, a person of notoriety, a hero from the past will say something that leaves a mark. I grew up in the days of the six original national hockey league teams, and one of my favourite players to watch was Bobby Orr.

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Pyramid Battle

Pyramid Battle

When I speak to people about the ever-growing problem of helicopter parenting in our society, I like to relate back to the route problem, where the real war is. You see, helicopter parenting is one of the symptomatic battles that are being fought in the war against human sedentary behaviour. We drive more, walk less; we view TV, phones and computers more; we exercise less and consume more. All first world nations (and the others are starting to follow suit) are dealing with a decline in their population’s physical health due to these new millennial habits.

It is a war on many fronts. I would like to address the Pyramid Battle that is being fought at three levels: government (top), sport organizations (middle) and parents (bottom).

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Why am I blogging?

Why am I blogging?

It indirectly stems from the research I did for writing The Hovering Game. Never a day went by when I didn’t get some level of response regarding the need for a book to address helicopter parenting issues. It fuelled my passion to fix things. I am a solution based person, I hate when people complain about things but never offer ways to solve the problem.

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