WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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162 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 art, baking, and chess. These are the new ABC's of afterschool choices for kids who aren't interested in bouncing a ball, shooting a puck, or performing flips in midair. "My girls have never been interested in any organized sports, although they're surrounded by friends who are," says one Weston mother of two pre-teens. "But we easily fill up our afterschool time and weekends with endeavors that they love." Although American culture glorifies athleticism, the reality is that there are great things for children and teens to be passionate about if they don't happen to be sporty. If you're disap- pointed, know that your youngster's happiness isn't always found in a ring, a rink, a court, or a field. The best way to channel your child's focus is to be an advocate in helping him or her identify an activity he or she can become enthusiastic about. And you don't have to travel far to find a rich selection of nonathletic activities in Weston and Wellesley. Encompassing everything from art to technology, indoors and out, there's just as wide a selection for the nonathlete as there is for the jocks. J O H N H A R M O N living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Activities for Kids Away From the Athletic Fields C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer family matters

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