Kids love to play with toys.
The American Family Association estimates that more than two-thirds of kids who play with their parents get into mischief.
In fact, the association says, only one in five kids will actually get a toy.
“But if you think about it, most of those little kids have toys,” says David Luebke, executive director of the American Family Science Association, a leading force in the fight against childhood obesity.
“We need to be doing things that teach kids to be responsible and to be thoughtful about what they’re doing and how they’re using it.
And that’s really what lazy boys are good at.”
It’s a topic Luecke and his colleagues have long championed.
“In the late ’90s, we started looking at ways to make it more attractive to lazy boys and to the American child, and we were amazed at how much more we could teach them to be productive, to be kind of responsible, to appreciate good things and to respect others,” he says.
Today, more than half of American children between the ages of two and 10 have at least one parent who has a disability.
Luehke says the focus of his group has shifted to education and work opportunities for children with disabilities.
But there’s no easy answer for how to create a more inclusive environment for kids.
“There’s nothing wrong with having a family that has a child with a disability,” he said.
“It’s really important for parents to work together and make sure that children with disability can be successful.
That’s the way that we have to change the culture.”
The problem with lazy boys The most popular toy in the American kid’s closet?
A toy with a red-and-white “L” for lazy.
The most common toy in children’s bedrooms?
A white, black, yellow or red plastic toy.
The third most common theme song?
The lyrics to a Disney song about lazy boys.
The only way to stop kids from stealing the lazy boy is to make toys like this more difficult to steal.
That is, if parents can find the time to learn how to make their kids’ toys.
A couple of years ago, the group’s director of education, James C. McGovern, set out to change that.
In a study published in 2012, McGovern found that children who had a disability were far more likely to try to steal toys than those without a disability, and they were far less likely to steal the toys themselves.
So, McLean says, he set out on a mission to change lazy boys’ behavior.
“If we can get children to want to try and steal toys, they will start stealing the toys,” he tells Shots.
“And that’s how we start the change.
So the first thing we do is to teach kids that you don’t have to do that, that it’s not OK.
And if you do it, we will stop it.”
That’s why he partnered with the toy company Bully Ball and the toy store Kmart to create two special-edition products.
“The first one is the ‘Lazy Boy’ version, and the second is a special-issue ‘Lil Boy’ toy,” he explains.
“Both of those are really fun and will teach kids the values that they need to practice in order to succeed in school and in life.”
Luebcke says that by making it more challenging for kids to steal, the government can reduce the number of thefts.
“They’ll be more responsible,” he predicts.
“I know we have a lot of kids with disabilities, and if you can change the behavior of lazy boys, then kids will be less likely and less likely than before to steal from us.”
It may not be easy, but the changes are worth it.
The study found that kids who are motivated by a desire to be good at something are three times more likely than kids who want to be lazy to steal when they get a reward.
And by having the right toys, parents can teach their kids that they can succeed in their own life, too.
The next time you find a child playing with his or her toy, ask them to put it away.