Getting recess and P.E. back in school

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Getting recess and P.E. back in school

Children really need down time during the course of the day at school. There are actual laws in place so that workers get time away from their desk or away from their job, 15 minutes two times a day, half an hour for lunch, so that they can have that down time to make sure that they can be productive; right? So why do we expect that children can go eight hours during the course of the day with nothing but a 20 minute quiet lunch. Children need to be out on the playground. They need to be able to get that time to unwind, to get some fresh air, to go and hop on the monkey bars, to play tag, to learn how to socialize with other people. If your school doesn't have recess, there are a few things you can do. Do your research first and make sure that you understand all the different things that go into why recess is good. I mean, there are plenty of resources online that you can tap into to get that information, facts on why children need recess. Then you gather up your mom friends and you all get together and you go down to the PTA, you go down to the school meetings with the principal and you let them know, my child deserves recess and we really want them to have it. If that doesn't work, take it on down to the local school district. As a group of moms together, armed with that information and armed with the resources that you find, armed with your group of friends, you can go and make change. Make sure that somebody understands that your child needs at least 20 minutes of fresh air in order to continue during the course of the day.

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New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought after award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting and book publishing industries. Millner spent the last decade working as a columnist, contributing editor and blogger for Parenting, a national magazine for which she provided witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on ethics and etiquette in everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship. Currently, she also is the founder and editor of, a critically acclaimed, award-winning blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, the most well-read and respected magazine for African American women, and has written for a plethora of national publications and prestigious websites, including Parenting, HealthEbony, JetHeart & SoulReal Health, Money, iVillage,, TodayMoms, and The Root, among others. Her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on the The Today Show, CBS Early ShowThe Nate Berkus Show, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, VH1, and the Rachel Ray show. Millner also is the author of 21 books. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two daughters.

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