I have always loved the long summer holidays with my boys, I never wanted them to be over quickly. But I wonder how our “cotton-wool“ kids are going to cope over the next few weeks, my heart goes out to them.
It’s hard to believe that one-third of children aged 7 to 12 are reportedly never allowed to play outside because their parents are so concerned about their safety, that the government feels it needs to launch a public education campaign to encourage parents to let their children play outside.
The fact that so many kids are stuck inside the house so much could be a major reason why our children are so unhappy today. Shouldn’t they be out in the fresh air, going off on their bikes and coming home rosy-cheeked and covered in dirt?
Can they camp out safely in their garden with friends? I remember worrying about this. But what better fun is there for kids than stocking up their tent with goodies and having a torchlight midnight feast?
I’m glad to hear that Ed Balls, the Children, Schools and Families Secretary, is very concerned about our future breed of “cotton-wool” kids and has published a consultation document on the subject. As a father of three young children, he should appreciate the real fears parents have regarding safety and how to balance this so children are not over-protected. I’m glad he hear that he wants schools to allow kids to play conkers and snowball fights again.
I’ve always felt that the most important lessons were learnt in the playground – the social and survival skills that carry you through life. Winning and losing at games comes into it too. Maybe Ed Balls will encourage schools to re-introduce sports days and the traditional egg-and-spoon race, I was always hopeless at it, but always enjoyed it, as well as hopping about in a sack and falling in a heap. Those were the days….