Do your kids tend to prefer television or video games over playing outside? Well the results of this Australian study might prod parents to encourage their children to stay outside more than mere few minutes each day.

The said study found out that the simple lack of exposure to sunlight increased the likelihood of myopia or near-sightedness. The contrast in school children's activities was conducted between Singaporean and Australian students who are spending 30 minutes and 3 hours outdoors, respectively. Myopia was found to be up to 90% in young adults in Singapore and other East Asian countries, while only 10% in Australia, up to 40% in Britain and a very low 3% in Africa.

The researchers believe that exposure to the sun's rays stimulates dopamine production, which in turn stops the eyeball from growing elongated and distorting the focus of light entering the eye.

Myopia by haglundc

I am happy that Canadian schools have made it a policy to allot more time for outdoor activities, even during the winter months; and the government providing incentives for programs involving sports and physical activities, which not only prevent obesity and related lifestyle diseases, but possibly near-sightedness as well if these are done outdoors.

Now let's get our kids out of the house and play outdoors.  Better yet, parents should play, exercise, walk or even just hang out with them under the sun.  That's my cue to close my computer and head's a lovely spring afternoon for the whole family to enjoy.  Gotta go.

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Wonderful Spring

Posted by Papa Sez | Monday, April 02, 2012

Wonderful Spring

 by Rica Emmanuele

Oh spring, oh spring 
Oh wonderful spring 
Snow waves goodbye 
And birds start to sing 

You bring back the flowers 
You bring back fresh air 
You bring back the leaves 
Of trees high up there

Rivers start to flow
Ice turns to water 
It starts to get warm
Bringing refreshing rain showers

Photo courtesy of turtlemom4bacon

The kites start to fly 
The boats getting rowed 
The cars move along 
On snow-free dry road 

Oh spring, oh spring 
Oh beautiful cool spring 
After the cold winter 
Comes a new beginning 
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About Us (circa 2009)

Our journey led us to this place. A little more than 10 years ago we began our journey as husband and wife. Three years later, we found ourselves with two bundles of joy- a daughter and then a son. They're the children we've dreamed of having.

About five years since the birth of our son, an unexpected gift came- a younger brother to our school-age kids. And soon enough, a baby girl arrived to round the family membership.

Brave was a term used by a friend to describe us. Challenging... and loving it -- yeah, this journey is not for the faint of heart.