Marybeth Hicks

Once again, our parenting compass is pointing to “due wacky.”

In truth, it’s not the blood pressure research that is causing me to lament the change in the way our children recreate. It’s the fact that on any given sunny summer day, you can shoot a cannon through my neighborhood and not hit a living creature.

We’ve reached August and my 11-year-old daughter has created so many imaginary friends with whom to spend her summer that I may need to have her evaluated for dissociative identity disorder.

We already had enough reasons to limit the time our children spend in front of an electronic screen before this evidence about the impact on blood pressure. How about we parents step up to the plate and do what’s right for children. All it takes is the push of a button and a simple command: “Go outside and play.”


Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).