The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Remember your mother telling you, “Stand up straight!”? If you’re a parent, you’ve probably said the same thing to your child. It is important to have good posture. Good posture in childhood may prevent back problems later. And
if your young child slouches now, his poor posture may only become
worse when he reaches adolescence. Teens are often seen slouching or
slumped, with their heads down and shoulders rounded. Boys may slouch because they don’t want to stand out from the crowd. Girls
may slouch or stoop because they are afraid of appearing taller than
their friends, or embarrassed by their breast development. Encourage your child to practice good posture. Whether
sitting, standing or exercising, the body should be straight but
relaxed, with the head level, shoulders back and abdomen tucked in.