What happend to Childhood?
What happened to Childhood?
Have you stopped to take a look at the young people of today? Oh I'm not talking about the teens and 20 somethings. I'm referring to the 8 to 11 age group. The ones society has categorized as "tweens". Many of them are striving soo hard to be grown up that it got me to wondering "What happened to Childhood? When did that age of innocence go away? Is it when we stop playing with dolls and start spending more time in the mirror than mommy? Is it when wanting a car takes the place of riding a bike because it's much cooler? It seems like only yesterday kids that age enjoyed playing with toys or dolls or just riding their bikes down the street. Now video games, texting on their cell phone or even putting on makeup dominate that innocent age. I was equally astonished to see that many of the young girls in that age category are in many cases bigger that me! What's that about? While the boys are getting just as big or in some cases bigger than the girls, their maturity level lags far behind that of their female counterparts. I have heard girls 7 and 8 talking about having boyfriends and making sure that their hair is in the right place and their lip gloss is on. Really? I know that some cultures celebrate the passage of childhood for boys
and for girls with big celebrations. In this country we do not. So many
young people are left to cross that bridge by themselves with little or
no fanfare. As an educator I'm constantly trying to impress upon these children to enjoy being young and not be in such a hurry to grow up because the time will pass by soon enough. Before they can turn around, they will the next generation of adults. I'm sure many parents ask the question " what happened to my little angle" every time they watch their child grow out of pants or a dress or pass from one grade to another. The passage of time has a way of making everyone another minute hour and second older. No one can escape growing older, but lets strive to help our children enjoying the benefits of being young and having fun doing it while they still can!