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Play Day Fun

Playground In the good old days, we played outside in the street or at a neighborhood park till the cows came home … or rather, till our moms hollered, “Bedtime!” But these days, that kind of unstructured, outdoor play is rapidly evaporating. KaBOOM, the nonprofit playground advocates, has been working with communities to build playgrounds, esp in low-income neighborhoods, where kids are 20-60% more likely to be obese. (The playgrounds are community efforts, with kids helping with the designs. Needless to say, kids want slides, swings and clubhouses, but they’ve also asked for dinosaur fossils and … a shark. Love it!)

That said, there are other ways to get kids outdoors and playing, and parents can help. KaBOOM suggests hosting a neighborhood Play Day, scouting out neighborhood play areas, and opting for a little free, retro fun – hula hoops, fort building and hopscotch.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Under: Backyard fun, Health & Safety | 1 Comment »

PARENT TALKS: Baby Massage, Inner-City Youths & More

Booties Camp
August 4, 10 a.m. to noon at Bananas, Oakland
The last session in Bananas’ popular 5-week Booties Camp for new and expecting parents, focuses on baby massage.

Family living (illustration from the Detroit Free Press)Childhood Matters: Peace, Hope & Community
August 8 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guest Jakada Imani, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, as they discuss how to bring peace, hope, economic opportunities and youth leadership to communities ravaged by civil disobedience. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Under: Parenting Issues | No Comments »