Wednesday, July 16, 2008

roam no more


a [slightly wistful] thought shared [i think] by many gen x parents. i used to disappear for hours, afternoons, even full days on my bike when i was a child and not come home until the sun went down. i could never imagine letting my children do this now. i don't think there are any more nutcases in the world now than there were in the seventies, when i grew up; it's just that we know about it. the internet puts the news stories in front of us 24/7, and there has been a corresponding shift in parenting approaches. it seems that children are always with their parents or under near-constant supervision. but children do have to grow up, and they have to learn how to function as grown human beings themselves at some point. i wonder how this lack of freedom as children will affect their generation.

5 comments:

Krissy said...

I was thinking about this the other day. My nieces and nephews are at the age where they should be going on bike excursions for hours... They don't. They are always at home or at the pool with mom. (Most of the time my mom didn't go to the pool, she dropped us off) It's so strange, and you're right- how will it affect them?

♥ Tiny Red said...

i know, it's really sad :(
this is probably one of the reasons i probably wont have children. it's not a nice world, the one we live in at the moment...
anyway, a nice and playful page :)

daisy janie said...

We are always lamenting this issue. Kids are either overscheduled, overwatched or hermetically (sp?) sealed in their homes. People look at us with 2 heads when we tell them we let our son ride to the playground and pool! Oy vey.

aimee said...

wow thank you ladies for such thoughtful input - the issue does touch us all whether we have children or not. they're our future adults. someday they have to go into that big bad world all alone; i guess it's a matter of finding the balance between keeping them safe and giving them opportunities to make good judgments on their own so they can function when they get there.

lisa {milkshake} said...

Hi! Found you through Daisy Janie. I just watched a documentary the other night called "Where Do the Children Play?" that touched on this very issue. You can get some info about it here: http://www.wfum.org/childrenplay/index.html