As children we had a lot more freedom than the children of today. There was no cellphone, no TV games, and no Xbox or PS games. Our playtime was with each other and with your imagination. Today the children of the Millennium have no real imagination only that which is conjured up via technology. As little ones they are given the freedom of imagination till they reach the age where parents can plonk them in front of a television and left to technology to entertain them.
With us evenings were given to playtime in the streets till the calling by the parents began and we all scattered towards our homes. Supper time was held around the table and then we use to gather in the lounge around the radio listen to all the favourites. Bed time was story time and then lights out by 8pm. Weekends were the fun times, it was bike riding with friends around the neighbourhood or in the fields and on homemade ramps, movies in the mornings at the local movie theatre that was just for us kids. Tok tokkie, hop scotch and ball games in the evenings were the main thing. Kids were allowed to be kids back then.
Today it is so different, the times are different and so the children of today are different in their outlook and thinking. Today is the Techno age and it is no longer safe to let your children to roam free and play as a child should play. Today’s children are way more advanced in age than the children of yesterday. They have to grow up more quickly in thought and deed than we had to. Now we have to prepare our children early of the ways of the world. To inform them that all is not good and that to be a true child is unsafe. We, as parents, try to create a safe haven at home for them to be able to be free but still that is not always safe. Evil creeps in via the horrific games that they play on the PlayStation and from what they view on the Television, the deep web and the chat rooms that they are on. Their minds are still getting corrupted by the outside world. No matter how hard we try to keep it all away it seeps in, so we have to just try our hardest and to trust what we instil in our children.
Sometimes it works and your child becomes a well-adjusted adult but then we have our failures……