"When you ask kids why they're physically active or what they like about it. They'll say 'I like it because it's fun,'" Dr Fulton explains. She recommends offering kids a variety of activities so that they learn skills they can use to compete in organized sports when they grow older. "There's also a lot of other things you could learn about the cognitive aspects of keeping score and strategy, and that comes much more into play as kids get older," Dr Fulton says. Try swimming and bike riding for younger kids and summer sports like baseball and tennis for older ones.
To my way of thinking, nobody gives "ordinary" human beings their due with the grace and precision that Richard Ford does. His slim new memoir about his parents, Between Them, is so gently spellbinding that I've already read it twice. Ford's father was a traveling bleach salesman in places like Mobile, Ala., and Little Rock, Ark., during the 1930s and early '40s, so part of the bonus of this little book is that it sits readers down in the company car and takes us on an unsentimental but enchanted journey through the long-ago landscape of the American South.