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Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Huffington Post, Parents – April 17, 2014
By Ben Klasky

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

President and CEO, IslandWood

Why are we so afraid to let our kids play outside, when we know that such activity is vital for their physical and mental health? Our fears are so extreme that in a few cases, parents have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside unattended. My mother would have been sent to jail on an almost daily basis. Until recently, it was common for kids to come home from school, grab a snack, and head outside to play in the neighborhood. This was true for me growing up in suburban Minneapolis, and also for my parents who grew…
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