This is what childhood looks like.
This is what imagination looks like.
This is what making memories looks like.
This is what fun for a child looks like.
Not staring at a screen all day.
When I was a child I remember making up so many games, playing cowboys and indians, getting dirty, and just using my imagination to entertain myself.
I remember waking up early on the weekends to go to my favorite tree (which was my pretend house) and picking up where I left off the day before.
Yes, my kids have tablets, video games and such. But not for an all day purpose. They can play them in the morning while I’m making breakfast or in the evening while I’m prepping dinner. Heck, rainy days are perfect for them. But, day time is for playing and using your imagination.
Let them get scrapes, let them get bruises and let them have fun. My daughter (who is 6) is learning how to take off and ride her bike without training wheels. She’s doing awesome! She has also crashed on her bike so many times that we started calling her “Crash”. But she got up, screamed she was ok, jumped back on her bike and kept on going.
She’s making memories and learning to not give up. My son (who is 9) is still getting to be a “kid” and playing with his toys. He is using his imagination, a skill set that is slowly fading in our youth.
I always said once I became an adult and have kids I wanted them to have the imagination and the childhood I had. I’m sticking to that promise. There are days we come outside to play at 10 am and don’t come back in until dark. I love those days.
Their childhood is something they will never get back. I remember when I was about 12 or so, I realized I didn’t have an “imagination” anymore, I was more into grown up things and that made me sad. I remembered being upset because I had reached a different phase in my life.
I want my kids to get the best of their childhood and enjoy every second of it. Technology keeps advancing and will always be there. It may be easier for me to just let them have a game instead of playing outside all day every day. But their childhood only lasts so long.
So they will enjoy it. Every second of every day, they will do what children do. Make up games, get scrapes and bruises, and get dirty. Because that’s what childhood is about.
They have plenty of time later to be “grown”. But their childhood only lasts for so long.