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Kids Today: seeing the world through their eyes

Kids Today, through the eyes of a child

Life for our kids today.

Have you ever wondered how your child sees the world around them?

I don’t mean how their minds interpret the every-day for their drawings or imaginative play, but rather how they actually physically see things.

The other weekend I took Olivia and William on a fun day out and got a chance to see the trip from their perspective, thanks to a funky headcam.

We had an absolute ton of fun together seeing all the birds, beasts and butterflies.

Kids Today, through the eyes of a child

Sadly though, it seems that experiences like this – where children can relax and play without a care in the world – aren’t as common as you might think.

According to Persil, a mixture of homework, after-school clubs, extra academic tuition and social media means that many children simply don’t have time to play.

We all want the best for our children and that’s no bad thing. But, apparently this ‘over-scheduling’ of our children’s time is risking their wellbeing by putting them under pressure and not giving them adequate time to relax.

And when they do, Persil says that we parents naturally want to wrap them up in cotton wool and keep them as safe from harm as possible. Which is all well and good, but kinda makes childhood adventures a bit muted.

It’s a case of good intentions that may not be as good as we hope after all.

Persil Kids Today project
Image credit: Persil website
Persil's Kids Today project
Image credit: Persil website
Persil's Kids Today project
Image credit: Persil website

I’m a fan of encouraging children to get some fresh air and explore the great outdoors.

I’m all for children experiencing a ‘natural childhood’ and fostering an adventurous, outdoor spirit.

suppose it’s easy for me to say that right now; with my children being only young, they obviously don’t go outdoors without my supervision. But, I think back to my childhood and remember how much fun I had and how free I felt riding my bike at speed around the local country lanes, sometimes for hours.

My husband also tells us about his childhood explorations and the fun he had with his friends out of sight of his parents. It’s the sort of fun that I want for my children.

I want my children to understand the importance of switching off from technology.

I want my children to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

I want my children to be inquisitive.

I want my children to know what it’s like to climb a tree.

I want my children to enjoy getting muddy and dirty and not to worry about how they look doing it.

I want my children to smile, to laugh, to know what it’s like to be carefree.

I want my children to have the time to be children.

What do you think life is like for our kids today?

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Please note: the headcam that I mention at the beginning of this post was sent to me by Persil to enable me to film a video to support their new Kids Today project. However, this post has not been sponsored (paid-for) in any way and all words and opinions are ten0% honest and all mine.

12 Comments

  1. I often think about this, and wonder how I can engineer more free play and risk-taking opportunities for my kids. I do think it’s sad.
    On the other hand, I was a child who played in the streets and woods without supervision every day, and although there are happy memories, I also remember extreme boredom and some stupid decisions. I do think my kids have so many more good things in their lives as a result of me trying to give them experiences I never had.
    It’s a hard balance.

    1. You’re right, it is a hard balance to achieve. I suspect I’m going to find it rather hard to continue giving them a balance as they get older.

  2. Having lived in the country side I was never one of those children who would be out playing in the streets we had fields to play in without supervision. Now living in a town when my daughter is older I don’t think I will let her play out until she’s at least 10 haha!! Especially with so many things we hear about nowadays it’s crazy how different it was back when we were kids.

  3. I often think about this myself; what age will I allow my son to play with his friends unsupervised, how far will he be permitted to go, where etc. I remember we lived on a cul-de-sac and so the street was always full of children racing on bikes or exploring a huge mound with a woodland area. I remember having lots of fun. Here there is a small play park, a small skateboarding park and a huge field that kids play in so I would like to think I shall have plenty of opportunities to encourage outdoors activity.

  4. I do think it is important for children to get away from technology and enjoy play outdoors. Some inner city children do have difficultly finding safe areas to play I guess, I am lucky as I live by the sea in a small town.

  5. I absolutely agree with you! I have always tried to give my children masses of time to play together outside building dens, digging holes, climbing trees. I’m lucky enough to have a large garden so tend to host other children so they can all run wild. Of course we all worry about our children but I do feel we need to prepare them for the real world. I don’t want my children to leave home at 18 unable to stand on their own two feet. But I do recognise that it’s easy for me to take that approach in view of where I live, not so easy for people living in cities.

  6. I do think it’s important for children to have the freedom to play and take small risks but also for them to be safe and I think the world we live in today can make this quite difficult .

  7. The sad fact that kids don’t have time to play. If they don’t play as children,when will they? When will they learn natural risk-taking? A skill that really you only learn though play.
    I was a child that played a lot, we had woods local to us and quite a lot of children on our street to play with, which brings happy memories. I think this is important for my children.

    As I write this, my kids are playing out…

  8. We’re lucky because we’re out in the sticks and it’s safe to play outside, and that’s all N wants to do (apart from obviously farm machinery and animals). Growing up we also played out a lot, although my mum was quite strict (but we did get round that quite a bit), kids of all ages together.

    I’m not sure how the Kids post 2000 do double the amount of school? Is that out of school clubs, and homework? Yes, the homework is more (even at GCSE I didn’t feel like I did much work outside of lessons), but I did lunch time clubs, and after school/out of school activities up to and including 6th form, as did my brother and lots of our friends, so I’m not sure how that works. I hope to be able to offer N whatever additional activities he wants to take part in.

  9. Wish we had more opportunities for free outdoor play but sadly living right by a busy main road in almost the centre of Birmingham we don’t have that opportunity. We have a fairly big garden but most of it it slabbed and we have a small patch of grass. There are no decent parks by us, we have to drive a fair distance to one not covered in syringes and graffiti ;(

  10. Outdoor play is SOOO important as is learning to risk take to some degree. Now the weather is a little better at least my kids can get in the garden a bit more as we’ve really missed that over recent months! Your video is fabulous. x

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