By Ken Reed

Pickup games help kids learn to think for themselves and develop problem-solving, leadership and teamwork skills.

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For years, Fred Bowen has written a column for young readers on youth sports topics for the Washington PostHe’s also a successful children’s sports book author. If you have young athletes in your family, or work with them, it’s well worth introducing them to Bowen’s work.

Recently, Bowen wrote a column that departed a little from his typical topics. He wrote about the need to teach our kids more lessons about democracy and how government works, as well as creating opportunities to practise those lessons. He believes sports present a great chance to do both those things.

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