Kids Today: seeing the world through their eyes
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.
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.
I’m all for children experiencing a ‘natural childhood’ and fostering an adventurous, outdoor spirit.
I 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?
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.