We Need To Let Our Kids Be Kids
“What happened to the days like we had growing up?” We need to let our kids be kids like we were.
When we were young we came home from school, did our homework and then went out to play in the neighborhood on our own! We would stay out until we were cold, hungry or the street lights came on. My parents were always close by or at least a yell away! Parents never hovered or became a helicopter. They didn’t expect to see you while you were out playing.
“Kids still need the freedom to think for themselves”
As children, we explored, fought, negotiated, made peace and learned things on our own. We socialized and had clubs with meetings that we created. Most of the time, we got dirty, sometimes scraped up and did silly things that kids do like hop fences and climb trees. We thought for ourselves. What a concept! Kids need to learn how to be responsible for themselves.
Kids still need the freedom to think for themselves. It teaches them about consequences and control. It is important for children to learn responsibility to be a functioning adult in society.
I am trying to find the happy medium in all of this. Society isn’t functioning the same as it did when we were little.
“Even though childhood is different from when we were young,
kids are still kids and need variety.”
For my children, I want them to be free thinking and have their own schedules. I want them to make friends in the neighborhood. My children should want and have a chance to go out and get dirty. Children need to learn how to think critically and get creative with the things around them. As kids, we created games and built forts from random stuff we found in the neighborhood.
My goal is not to put them in a situation for them to get hurt like making them play in traffic. If we do not teach our children to be explorers and creators of their own fun, then we will not be doing right by them.
As a parent today, I still involve them in structured activities and find fun things for them to do. Our house still has technology and video games. We do live in 2018. Even though childhood is different from when we were young, kids are still kids and need variety. Children still need responsibility. I give them as much free time and space as I can. Fresh air is a must even if it scheduled
As parents, we will all find the happy medium that works for our unique families.
I say give them space, let them be bored and find their own entertainment. Our children will be better adults!
We Will Survive!