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Second Thoughts About Involving Your Child in Competitive Sports

Rae Pica with Jay Coakley

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Is being involved in competitive sports from an early age a good idea for children? Sports sociologist Jay Coakley tells us that, while physical activity from an early age
is necessary, placing children under the age of 8 in competitive situations may be counterproductive, especially if they haven’t had adequate opportunity to play on
their own.

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Understanding the Child's Mind-Body Connection

Rae Pica with Carla Hannaford

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Neurophysiologist Carla Hannaford says the whole body is an instrument of learning – that learning does not just occur through the eyes and the ears. Listen as Dr. Hannaford explains the mind-body connection and the role of movement in children’s cognitive and brain development.

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The Importance of Being a Playful Parent

Rae Pica with Stuart Brown

Yes the world is stressful and raising and educating a child may be serious business, but Dr Stuart Brown says that playful parents are simply equipped to do a better job with children. Listen and learn why the best parents have a strong spirit of play and why you will want to heighten yours.

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Why Rough-and-Tumble Play is Really Good

Rae Pica with Thomas Reed

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While many teachers, schools, and parents discourage roughhousing, the data suggests that rough-and-tumble play is actually very good. Among the many unrecognized benefits is the intimacy and need for touch that it provides young boys. Thomas Reed makes a compelling case for not only encouraging rough-and-tumble play but for joining in frolic.

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Do Youth Sports Build Character or Just a Competitive, Do-Anything-to-Win Nature?

Dr. Jay Coakley, Richard Robbins, & Ann Hulbert

pic Steroid use, gambling on games, animal abuse, cheating, lying, adultery, assault and regular episodes of bad behavior by athletes has become a cliche. In the wake of sports scandal after sports scandal, is the notion that sports builds character simply a suburban myth? This segment brings together a distinguished panel to separate the fiction from the reality of youth sports.
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