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I recently read an article in the Mail that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about.
‘Children today would rather read, do chores or even do homework than play outside – and they get out half as much as their parents did.’
Surely this can’t be the case? Some of my best memories from childhood involve being out and about somewhere, up a tree or building camps in the woods.
I understand that the world is changing and our children will never have the same kind of upbringing that we had but to me things like climbing trees, riding bikes, falling over, rolling down hills and swimming in rivers are all part of the experiences of childhood, aren’t they?
Perhaps the problem is that we are all running scared. With the, what seems like endless, horror stories you hear in the papers or on the news about children being abducted. We don’t let our children do half as much as we ourselves use to do when we were little. Sometimes I even find myself worried that someone might steal them from our own garden, I mean what are the chances of that!
After reading this article I then found another article by the mail…
‘Go out and play! One in three children has never climbed a tree and half have never made a daisy chain.’
One in three children have never climbed a tree! I don’t even know how that is possible!
The question is should we be doing more to encourage our children to get outside or should we just accept that their ‘modern’ upbringings will never be the same as ours?