2 hours ago
playing in the stream🧜♂️🧜🏻♀️
i have very happy memories of myself and my sister playing with the neighbourhood kids when we were growing up. we often slew dragons in fields where wild strawberries grew. we climbed old trees in search of pirate treasure. we crossed the endless streams of magic water to conquer kingdoms. 🧚🏼♂️
when mike and i lived in our brick and mortar home, i hoped that my kids would have the same experiences. but that is no longer a case in most suburban communities. kids are busy being shuffled from one activity to another, after spending numerous hours working on homework and playing electronic devices. 👨🚒
we lived in a neighbourhood with hundreds of houses, each situated so close to their neighbours’ house that they could pass a cup of sugar through each other’s windows, yet no kids were seen playing outside. the playground was filed with young parents pushing their babies in swings, or shadowing their toddlers around. but there were rarely any older children anywhere to be seen. 🧛♂️
i was sad that my kids would be missing out on true play time. not organized play where an adult would dictate how the playing was going to happen, but real-childhood playing.
fast forward to now, and my kids spend hours playing amazing games of spy hunting, princes retrieval, or dragon slaying. sometimes, they play with other kids, sometimes with each other. 🤴
public announcement: let’s all stop trying to baby-proof childhood! it’s ok for kids to have activities in their life that don’t merit going on their resume or school application. we should let kids be kids more often, because childhood is gone too soon. and once it’s gone, you can never go back to it!