Here are some winter activities that teach life skills: If you struggle to find activities that keep your family active, don't give up. In fact, you might even take turns picking activities each week for the family to try.When everyone keeps moving, you'll stay physically and emotionally healthier throughout the winter.And you'll be teaching your teen healthy habits that may stick with her life.When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates.According to an evolutionary psychology theory that a person's "life strategy" slows down or speeds up depending on his or her surroundings, exposure to a "harsh and unpredictable" environment leads to faster development, while a more resource-rich and secure environment has the opposite effect, the study said.In the first scenario, "You'd have a lot of kids and be in survival mode, start having kids young, expect your kids will have kids young, and expect that there will be more diseases and fewer resources," said Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who is the author of "i Gen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood."A century ago, when life expectancy was lower and college education less prevalent, "the goal back then was survival, not violin lessons by 5," Twenge said.
Between 19, 86 percent of high school seniors had gone on a date; between 20 only 63 percent had, the study found.
If you live in a warm climate, the cooler winter months may be the best time of year to stay active.
But for those in the north, long winters can be rough—and it can be tough to keep kids active.
"Even in families whose parents didn't have a college education...families are smaller, and the idea that children need to be carefully nurtured has really sunk in."The postponement of "adult activities" could not be attributed to more homework or extracurricular activities, the study said, noting that teens today spend fewer hours on homework and the same amount of time on extracurriculars as they did in the 1990s (with the exception of community service, which has risen slightly).
Nor could the use of smartphones and the Internet be entirely the cause, the report said, since the decline began before they were widely available.The study, published Tuesday in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the U. who have a driver's license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976, with the most precipitous decreases in the past decade.