Is it possible that we are snatching the 'child' from childhood?
Why does he keep calling me to his house? I don't have any free time. It's true; I also like the idea. There is so much work that I have no time to do either. When will he understand that?
As you read this, what do you think? There is a good chance it looks like a normal conversation between two friends or even coworkers as they drive home, but the truth is much grimmer.
Two young people who were about 11 or 12 years old talked about their "hectic schedule" while riding their bikes and talking about it. However, the worst part was how it made them think they were closer to being real adults. There was a little bit of pride in their tone, so this is why they didn't say something terrible.
How did this conversation surprise me as a 30-year-old woman who was already tired from thinking about the next day at work? I stopped and turned around to hear more, but the two kids sped by me on their colourful bikes as I did.
Do we have any plans for our kids?
People in this country are becoming increasingly obsessed with unhealthy and unrealistic competition levels, especially when it comes to raising their kids. After school, a lot of kids go to tutoring centres. Even though this has been a common thing for a long time, it is still upsetting to see tired kids and teenagers carrying many books long after school is over.
There are a lot of extra-curricular activities that parents push their kids to do, from music lessons to language lessons. As long as parents prepare their kids for the cut-throat competition in society, we can't blame them. But if the price of that success is childhood innocence, something is wrong.
The loss of time to play
A long time ago, there were times when Mary went rounds, gully cricket, and carefree running in school corridors were common. Instead, there is now a harrowing silence of tapping keyboards and a tight schedule. Children today are always trying to be the "perfect" kids for their parents. They go to school, tutoring centres, and classes that help them improve their social skills all at the same time.
The playgrounds are gone, the gardens no longer have a sign that tells kids not to play in them, and the society's uncles are no longer collecting the plastic balls used to break their glass windows. There is no gully cricket anymore, either.
I can't tell you how to raise your child, but if your child is tired at the end of the day, you might want to look at their schedule. There is nothing wrong with being "busy," but it's best left to adults who miss their childhood.