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Jul272012

Holidays!

It's the six week annual holiday marathon for parents with children of school going age. A time when parents may well look back fondly to their own days of endless summer hols. A time when the sun always shone and black and white european versions of Robinson Crusoe and Flashing Blades filled our morning t.v screens. Afternoons and evenings were spent down on the beach or in the park and curfew was dusk - or even a bit later. There was little supervision and the onus was on yourself to come up with exciting games and projects to while away the holiday time. 

None of this was down to bad parenting. It was a gentler, slower and less fearful time in which to be a child. I realize this is not a truth shared by all children growing up in the 50's and 60's, but it is one that a lot of people will no doubt identify with - so long as they are my age and older!

I'm not saying that those times were better, just a little less pressurized for children and their parents. It's evolution I know, but I think childhood lasted a good deal longer then than it does today. Should I mourn that? A little perhaps, but then when I see the huge amount of stimulus and access to learning and experience my children now enjoy, I realize King Canute achieved nothing in his attempts to stop the tide coming in.

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I always thoroughly enjoy reading your newsletters & articles, as well as following you on twitter. As a 16 yr old it is obvious to me that we younger people have a lot more opportunities in life & education than people born in the 1960s & before, for which I am grateful for.

It is clear to me from talking to people of older generations, such as parents & grandparents, that life for them was maybe less stressful & more enjoyable; something I may be envy.

I look forward to your next article, & also your witty tweets!

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura S

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