One of the best parts of summer is getting children outside and active. The head-butting march of the United States women’s soccer team this particular summer underscores the power of getting physical. But modern parenting being what it is, the simple joy of sweat and motion can become complicated, with questions of danger and sportsmanship and teaching moments and parental over- or under-involvement.
Two notes from readers of Motherlode raise many of these issues. First up, Mike Adamick, who blogs at Cry It Out! and who watched a recent dispute over girls and kickboxing in Australia with the growing feeling that he would like to kick some sense into someone.