I Know I’m Guilty.
A great article from Huffington Post claiming we have a parenting problem. Generation X’ers.
I agree with so many points in this article. With my own kids I get frustrated by everything that is different than when I was a kid.
When I was in grade 6, we lived in Streetsville. Part of Mississauga. Big city living at the time. We would spend our days hopping on a bus to the mall, or walking “downtown” to use our babysitting money/ paper route money to buy snacks. And then walk back home. We played outside ALL DAY and knew to come home when the street lights came on. WE played. We didn’t need activities all week long to keep us occupied. We didn’t need someone to schedule our fun. We just did it. We played. We used our imagination, we got creative. My kids don’t enjoy a regular box of Lego because it doesn’t tell them what to build with it.
We didn’t complain about our meals. We ate what was in front of us or we didn’t eat. It wasn’t organic, or gluten free. We did chores. Dishes, laundry, cleaning our rooms. It wasn’t rewarded, it was expected. If you’re in the house, you contribute.
So much has changed. I get that it’s go to move forward, to progress — but what I don’t understand is when we stopped letting our kids be kids and why.
Any ideas? Comments? I would love to hear from you.