|Credit: Regina Fisher|
Everyone has a "when I was a kid" story. You know the ones I mean, the ones intended to illustrate how ridiculously naive/spoiled the current generation of kids is, and how life was SO much better when story-teller was a kid? There's a meme going around Facebook currently that caught my attention:
Now, while I'm sure my parents would argue about the "talking back" comment, and I DID get a Nintendo (the original one with the cartridges that you would blow into when they stopped working!) sometime in middle school, I'd have to pretty much agree with the above statement.When I was a kid I didn’t have a computer, internet, Nintendo DS, XBox, or Wii. I had a bike and a curfew. My toys were the outside world. If I didn’t eat what my mom made me, I didn’t eat. I didn’t dare tell my parents “no” or dare to talk back. Life wasn’t hard, it was life… And I survived. Repost if you liked the way you were raised…and drank water out of a hose.
I say it all the time when people nag me at work about the BPA in their water bottle/plasticware/waterfilter. I drank out of the damn hose after it'd been sitting in the sun all day, like millions of others. If THAT didn't kill me, drinking out of a waterbottle with microscopic amounts of BPA in it sure as heck won't!
And don't even get me started on the over-sanitization of everything. We actually have "Wipe-Down Wednesdays" at work, where everyone is instructed to scrub their stations clean with disinfectant MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY. Hand sanitizer is bought in bulk and placed on every desk, and people obsessively pump it into their hands all day long. Um...I'm extremely sensitive/allergic to the stuff. You can guess how much fun work is for me. Aren't we all just setting our immune systems up for failure by not knowing how to fight off bugs? Aren't we creating a younger generation of kids who are actually going to get sicker more often because they're so well-insulated from the bugs in the real world?
But I digress.
|Not my photo, but couldn't find the credit.|
It seems an expert in Australia has started to point out the flaws in over-protecting our youth. Because playground equipment is so overly-safe, kids don't know how to properly assess risks, and decide which ones are acceptable to take. Think about it; didn't we all play that game as kids where you try to skip monkeybars, just to see how many you can skip before you fall? Didn't you hang upside down on the bars and try to flip around in a circle? (Or was I just the playground daredevil?)
Risk taking and overcoming (and failing!) challenges on the playground can result in some bruises and skinned knees as a kid, but they teach us how to navigate life in the big-kid's-playground of the Real World.
One wonders what this generation of kids is going to grow up to say about us. Probably something like "::aghast look:: Whaaaat? When you were a kid, they had REAL grass in the soccer field? But...but...what about the GRASSTAINS!? Didn't you always ruin your clothes? And...and ROCKS! How could you even PLAY without tripping?! How primitive. ::giggles:: I'm sure glad we've made so much progress since then!"