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美国儿童也“减负”


□ Katie Couric

  翻译:柚子
  America's Overscheduled Kids
  For most public schools, Columbus Day注1 means a day off. But for Melissa Driscoll and her two daughters, there is no rest for the weary[疲倦].
  “Well, we’re two brownie[核仁巧克力饼] troops, are gonna go to Agnes Farm and pick some vegetables and fruits, and it’s part of our activity for earning our try-it badge[徽章].”
  But today’s report says it’s parents who should try lightening the load when it comes to overscheduling.
  “children now have……are engaged in a lot of enrichment[丰富] activities, you know extracurricular[课外的] activities, sports activities. We think that’s great. We just want balance.”
  Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician[儿科医师] and co-author of the 32-page report which says free and unstructured[自由的] play is essential[基本的] for the physical, social and emotional well-being[健康] of children.
  “We have to understand that play or even in school, for example, recess[休息] allows kids to reboot[重新启动]. And as they reboot, they’re gonna absorb[吸收] all of the rest of lives lessons more effectively[有效地].”
  Dr. Ginsburg also says all work and no play could not only make Jack注2 dull, it could make him depressed[沮丧].
  “We’re taking care of a lot of kids who are showing the manifestations[表现] of stress you know, the bellyaches[腹痛], the fatigue[疲乏], they’re not sleeping well enough. You know by the time they get to college, there seem to be increasing levels of anxiety and depression.”
  But many parents fear slowing the pace means not keeping up with the Joneses注3 or the Joneseskids.
  “So what do you guys want to do today? Would you want……” That hasn’t kept the Brown family from Fort Worth, Texas, from keeping two days a week free just for fun.
  “My son looked at me and said, ‘Mom, I just want some me-time.And I said, ‘OK.’”
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