Originally Posted by mommato5
You know we have a big backyard with water stuff, tree swing, and swingset.
You NEVER know how other children are being raised or what their parents offer them. It is very judgemental to assume because kids aren't filling local parks they MUST be planted watching tv, at the computer, or playing video games. You really don't know!! What about the child inside reading??
Agreed! I see so many kids doing really cool things with their time. I was raised in the late 60's early 70's and I think that many things are much, much better for kids now than then.
1) For starter, girls play sports now. It was very unusually when I was growing up and girls who played sports where seen as weird. Now it is normal. Now most little girls I know play at least one sport. My DDs (who are 9 and 10) do, and I see how wonderful it is for them.
2) There are more programs for latch key kids. Back when I was a child it was seen as just fine to put a key on a piece of yarn, put it around a 5 year's old neck, and let them fend for themselves after school and all day in the summer. Now there are wonderful programs for kids where they play, go swimming, do crafts and so on. This is so much better!
3) The quality of TV programs and the enrichment that computer games can provide. When I was a kid, it was Gillian's Island and Gidget movies. My kids watch less TV than I did as a child, and they watch really great things like Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. On the computer they do things like build and run zoos, explore under the ocean, etc. TV and computers are part of their enriched and balanced lives.
BTW, we haven't been to the park in months. It's uncomfortably hot here. We have spent lots of time at the pool, the beach, the summer reading program at the library, and so on. But no time at the park where the equipment is currently so hot that it could burn skin.
I also find the praise of children spending huge amounts of time unattended odd. I spent huge amounts of time unattended as a child and that is part of the reason that we have the sacrifices for me to be a SAHP. I keep an eye on my kids. When it cools down and we go back to the park, I'll be there either reading a book and doing some needle point -- just in case they need me. That is what I am doing with my life right now -- being there in case they need me.