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'Roll Up and Spend Your Last Dime'. The Merry-go-round of Children`s Extra-curricular Activities in Modern Society.

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mardie TownsendMardie Townsend, G Murphy
"Step up and play" begins the famous hit song 'Penny Arcade'. And so it
was for thousands of Australian families, as their eldest child began school
this year, and the associated endless merry-go-round of extra-curricular
activities also began. But how many of those families realise that the song ends "Roll up and spend your last dime!"? While the perceived benefits of
children's involvement in extracurricular activities are many and are widely accepted, there are also costs, not only in terms of money but also in terms
of time. Evidence from a study conducted in Melbourne highlights the fact that, for many families such as those on low incomes and those headed by a single parent, both the time and the money costs may be prohibitive. This article highlights parents' perceptions of the benefits·and costs of children's extra-curricular activities, and explores the implications of changing family and household structures for families' capacity to sustain such activities.

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Journal

ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal

Volume

48

Issue

3-4

Pagination

10 - 13

Publisher

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc

Location

Hindmarsh, S. Aust.

ISSN

1445-8918

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc.

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