This was what is was like being a kid for me growing up in the 60s and 70s.
Everybody wanted to go outside and play and as a result, I think, was that
maybe 1 out of 10 kids were obese. And we did things like was mentioned
in the article which would cause a modern parent to start hand wringing.
"Play dates"!!? C'mon you gotta be #%@#%$ kiddin me! Scheduling free time defeats the point of having free time.
This article is good common sense.”
melismatica on May 8, 2013 at 10:47:03
“I am all about "free range" parenting and giving kids independence (even if I find it hard to do as a parent sometimes).
But playdates are not about scheduling free time (and few hours a week is not a huge time investment and still allows for plenty of free time). The reason people plan playdates is that most people don't have a community that allows organic opportunities for interaction with other kids.
In NYC, you can go to the park and there are many kids there at all times of the day. Where my sister lives, if she does not plan playdates for her young children, they would never have the chance to interact with other kids. When I visit friends in the midwest, we are often the only people at the park. People have their own pools, yards, and jungle gyms. There is not the same sense of a common space.”
“At least in 2011 there are a lot more people who are questioning this " thing of their's " then there
were in the 80's and 90's when people would have been shouted down for questioning the global - downsized -outsourced - speculation economy.
I mean seriously, how can you not see the decline over the past 30 yrs and STILL say " it's all good".”