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Playground Patrol: Make Kids Run Laps For a Movie Treat?

There's some interesting stuff that happens in the sandbox. The other day while at the playground with my kids, I heard a mother tell her children (ages 6 - 10) to get off the swings and run laps or they would be late for the movie they were set to see. As they ran, she told them to go faster or they wouldn't get a treat at the theater.

The tall and lanky youngsters, who looked none too thrilled to have to exercise for popcorn, finished their workout and exited. Parents worry about their kids staying physically fit, but is forcing your children to burn calories in order to consume an unhealthy snack a lil extreme — especially if you aren't kicking your heels up beside them? What's your opinion?


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