3 years, 5 months, 19 days. Go outside and play. Exercise!

“Physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth,” according to a new consensus statement published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-exercise-kids-school-20160627-snap-story.html.

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My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

I need you to put down your video games and go outside to play.  When you guys lived with me, I limited you to an hour maximum per day of screen time.  Why?  It is not good for your eyes or your health to sit inside and stare at a computer screen, be it a large TV screen, a computer screen, or the tiny screen for a video game.

Remember how we used to go everyday, hung out at our park down the street, and played with the neighborhood kids?  We had a blast playing basketball, on the jungle gym, etc., right?

You told me how at your mom’s you’d be stuck inside the house watching TV because she wouldn’t take you to the park next door.  That was then.  You are older now.  You can go outside to get fresh air and exercise.

Step away from the computer.  This blog will still be here when you get back.

Facebook will still be there when you get back.  Beware of how FB wastes your time.  It is useful as a tool to stay in touch with friends and relatives near and far, but stay in charge.  Use it as a tool.  Don’t let it consume you and suck up all your free time.

You are better than that.  I taught you better than that.

You are my sons.  No matter what, you’ll always be a part of me, and I you.  Unlike those on your mom’s side, you’ll  be successful because of it.

Be disciplined.  Do what needs to be done.

Until we are re-united, know that I love you with all my heart, always,

Dad

 

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