A Study of Women’s Self-Development through Interactions with Their Children

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

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Reiko KatoDaitobunka University Faculty of Pedagogy Dept. Literature, Tokyo, Japan

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The significance of the relationships between what women spending time with their own children are supposed to develop or cultivate and the essentials of a life-long movement and sport in Japan is illustrated in this paper. The major findings derived from a quantitative survey of 483 women rearing children in kindergartens were that lives with children can provide women with opportunities to open themselves up (minds and bodies), to affect others and to be aware of key factors in enjoying movement and sport for the rest of their lives. However, in the implementation of life-long movement and sport in Japan there has been no relevant discussions focussing upon how women can develop or become aware of the importance of movement and sport within their socializing and self-development during child-rearing. An objective of this paper is to suggest how to stimulate awareness of women during child-rearing of the importance of enjoying/participating in movement and sport.

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