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Why Are Parents Less Likely to Take Little Girls Outside to Play?

Time Magazine – April 03, 2012
By Bonnie Rochman

Everyone knows the sex stereotypes: boys like to play sports; girls like to play house. These beliefs are so entrenched that even parents have bought in: new research shows that preschool girls are 16% less likely than boys their age to be taken outside by their parents to play. Nearly half of preschoolers don’t venture outside with their parents to play every day, and girls are most likely to suffer, according to a new study of 8,950 U.S. kids in their final year before entering grade school. (MORE: Why More Preschoolers Are Going Under the Dentist’s Drill) Is the discrepancy…
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