Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Knitting and Teens

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Anybody need a scarf? How about a hat?

Although I have always done hand work, and both girls have learned it at home as well as in our Girl Scout troop, they have picked it up and dropped it throughout their lives.

It is interesting that as teens, they have both picked knitting up again, and I believe it is related to the fact that their lives are so busy with sports, clubs, and school during the day, that when they "sit" it is hard to slow their bodies down. My youngest will also knit if she is overwhelmed, as she says it focuses her thoughts.

The hour a day we tend to watch TV, which we all know makes their brain jelly, seems to be the time they will find their current project and knit. If we are all knitting I find we sometimes forget to turn the TV on, which is wonderful for me as we tend to "chat" while we work.

I can't help wondering if there is something very valuable that has been lost by women not sharing time spent with handwork. In the days when women quilted, knitted, spun wool, crocheted, made lace, and sewed clothes, these activities were usually shared, and involved talking with other people whose hands were busy.

Do not get me wrong, I do not wish "having" to do those things on anyone, but I think the shared time might be something that we have not replaced.
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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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