HONOLULU Family Magazine Blog and Articles
Editor’s Note: I may have trouble remembering what I ate for lunch (some times), or what floor of the parking garage my car is on (daily). But my recollections of my childhood are crystal clear. That is, I remember very clearly a life of playtime. After homework was done, we ran around with the neighborhood kids, bought ice cakes from the house down the street for a quarter, and bicycled, roller skated and jump roped until the sun started going down.
Kids today, however, have less playtime than when I was younger. According to the University of Michigan, in 2003, kids between the ages of 6 and 12 spent about 9 hours and 56 minutes playing every week. That’s a decline of 31 percent from 1981. The amount of time spent studying and reading has increased. It may sound like a good thing, but it may not be the healthiest shift, especially for young kids. Kelly Brewer of Haleakalā Waldorf School explains.