Childhood is the best stage of life. Do you agree?
A stage Without worries ,Being cared and loved by parents and relatives is a memorable stage in life.
I comlpetely agree ... When a person grows up they forgot the little things in live ... everything is concentrated either on career or family and loved ones ... There are always problems and grown ups just can't seem past them for a bit ... //
I am really happy I am still sort-of a kid (19 years old) ... but the thing is I am in that phase where I need to grow up ... I hate it ... I have a great job (for months now) and going to work is fun and exciting for me, I have friends and we are going out and whatnot, but still I hate the fact I can just act silly and not think about life ...
I disagree. I would argue that the early twenties are the best stage of life because that is when one is at the physical and mental prime of life. It is also a wonderful stage where most people enjoy the independence of being an adult, but not as much responsibility as someone in his or her 30s and 40s and beyond. However, as a 23 year old, I am probably rather biased, lol.
I am one of those rare people that prefers adulthood over childhood. I like being responsible for myself and not following my parents' rules. I never really enjoyed being a child; some people say I was born old. I always wanted to be with adults and not deal with children. I found them to be immature.
I am quite happy to be an adult now and live how I want to live. I am able to plan out everything I want in life and I only have myself to blame if I don't succeed. I just prefer it that way.
Nope. In my case, I don't agree. I grew up lonely, awkward, and picked on. Yes my parents loved me and I have good memories, but the memories I'm making now (with my kids)are MUCH better. I'm in the best stage of life in my 40's!
I don't think it's possible to generalize on something like this. I'm sure that there are many people for whom it is true. But some people really have miserable childhoods due to abuse or bullying, and with a lot of work may finally find happiness in adulthood.
In truth I'd like to believe it is false because I hate the idea that the best part of one's life is over so early and that we spend the rest of it wishing we could return to a better time.
Many people are in this boat, including myself. Due to this I find it better to think about the past good times and the current good times no matter if they occurred in your teens, twenties, or older.
Hi JThomp42 Thanks for answering.Life is a mixture of hppiness and sorrows.To overcome this I think live in the present with trust in god is the best method.
It truly breaks my heart to hear someone tell of a sad, lonely or miserable childhood. Not only do I realize how very blessed my sister and I were.....I get this urge to take all parents by the shoulders and shake them silly!!
JT, you'll not be surprised to hear me agree, and to wish that our childhoods had been better. In my case it was not my parents' fault--there's nothing you can do, after a point, about some problems that caused, in my case, misery and pain. Peace!
Totally disagree - I think the best time of life is the stage at which we find ourselves warts and all. I have not had a perfect life by any means but I know the trials and tribulations have created the me I am today and I am very happy in my mid fifties. My mum at 80 had a date and that made me happy too:-)
Ditto that answer! The moment that's being lived NOW is the best. Regretting or reliving any past times or anticipating any future ones is wasting the NOW at one's disposal. At 81 in about a week, I'm fully alive & going! No 2nd childhood for
I agree on your points here of why childhood years would be the best stage, and one should live those years to the fullest. The years one would never get back.
No I do not really think I agree with that.
There were times in childhood when I had the greatest sadness. And it seemed to cause me to grieve more than I would now as an adult. My ability to understand the death of my precious sister who I adored, the death of my grandmother who I barely got to know at all, the death of many pets I loved...all happened in my youth. It did not scar me for life or anything as my life is full of joy thank goodness. And yes I had loving parents who sheltered me from many things so that too was a cushion for me.
I also had an idyllic childhood in many ways but to single out childhood as the best stage I cannot do.
I thought having my daughter was the best stage ....and it WAS AND IS amazing. I cannot say enough about her and have written about her in many hubs. And just when I thought I could not love anyone as much ....
another stage came along....my grandson in 1995 and the earth stood still...what a wondrous creature he is...and then in 2010 another grandson, never supposed to be on the planet...wow...how could I stand it??? So much love.
So you see it is difficult for me to single out my childhood as wonderful as it was as the best...
the best was yet to come...Great question...
Thanks for stopping by and responding.
Yes,A lot of events had happened and will happen through out our life which makes us happy or sad. We should realize the fact that life is a mixture of these two feelings. Once again thanking you for open answer
I prefer my thirties over any stage in life because I can finally breathe on my own and get rid of the weight I felt, throughout most of my life before landing on the soft spot of my happy life in Spain.
I think it depends on your perspective. I love how childhood gave me a chance to explore life and learn without being tainted by expectations but like alot of others, I experienced deep hurt and learned of how hard life is. But that being said, I wouldn't take it back because it helped me come this far in my life.
It is a nice time without the stress adults have but at 47 I am having an amazing time now . I loved the family time having 3 girls growing up as well . Now I am remarried & having a lot of fun !
Twenty years ago I would have said a resounding yes, but today I am 67 and I must tell you that this is the best time of my life.
My childhood was not wonderful either, although I did like it better when I was in high school but not at home. I liked the mid-twenties and thirties the best. Older now and have some health problems, or I might like this time the best. It is simpler in many ways.
No. Being an adult lets you call the shots. You have the freedom to do whatever you want. There is a lot more you can do as an adult. You don't have to answer to anybody. You are the boss!
I disagree as well. My feeling is that every stage in life is great, and there isn't a "best." I'm almost 50 now, and each stage has had it's wonders and glories. They've each had their cons too, even childhood.
No, I always feel I'm living the "best" years as I'm living them. My life right now is awesome. A life spent thinking the best is behind you is a life spent lost in the past.
I do not think any stage of life is the best. Each stage of life has its own wonderful qualities. It is what you make of each stage that makes it the best.
The "best" stage of life, is the one we are currently in....whatever stage it is. We can do nothing to stop time from passing or our selves, from growing older. Each stage is meant to be lived to the fullest, enjoyed and create growth and wisdom.
As we complete one stage in life, we move on to the next and the flow is natural, and comfortable, for this is what nature intends.
We experience the goodness and the tragedies.......successes and failures, as we move along through each and every stage.
While childhood can be wonderful for many...it can be horrific and filled with pain for others......in either case, it is good to move on, from too much happiness or too much sadness. The mysteries that are before us, can be the leveling stage, to teach us balance.
With each stage, there are lessons to be learned....and we should always love to gain in knowledge.....to reach our spiritual greatness.
Whatever stage we are in at the present time, is exactly where we should be...for it is precisely how the Universe creates complete human beings.
Thanks fpherj48 for the detailed answer.As you said live in the present is the best way to enjoy life.
fpherj48, you sound like Emanate Presence (this is not a bad thing). I agree with you, and that song lyric from the '60s, "Sha-la-la-la-la-la live for today."
Childhood is a time when you can't make most of your own choices. If you are wishing for childhood, or think that was the best time of your life you must be feeling overburdened with troubles now. Either you really are going through a hard time, or you are very pessimistic and negative and can't see the good things in your life.
No not at all. I had worries, fears and no power to make it better. Being an adult when things happen I don't like I can take action - as a kid I could only watch horrible things unfold.
Only if you have the best parents and family ever! If you are well cared for, loved, protected, fed right, taught good values, observed good values and honesty...then I would say yes! Unfortunately, today with both parents working, children are raised by other people and don't feel the love and care that they should.
It all depends on the type of childhood a person had.. I believe it should be a very wonderful time;unfortunately, some children don't get the experience you described with love and no worries. For some children, childhood is a time they wish they could forget... It's sad because ever child deserves a loving and carefree childhood, and it seems rather unfair that sometimes children are robbed of that..
i agree because when i was young , my mom and grandmom always pampered me and my brother. When i reached adulthood, i had many worries and had to work 3 different jobs per day to supply income for my family, my bro's education, his car and house installment. Frankly speaking, i don't have any savings at all. All the money I earned goes to the family. Hence, childhood days were my best stage of life.
Not for me! I couldn't wait to become an adult and make my own choices and decisions in life. I welcomed the responsibilities that came with freedom. I've always hated being "told" what to do and feeling "powerless". I'm a big fan of "It's your life. Take the wheel!"
I have to say I also did not really enjoy childhood. I do not enjoy being dependant on others for my life from day to day.
Another problem is that parents make terrible mistakes, I know I did with bringing up my children!
So, no I prefer adulthood
That is a hard call, but would have to say yes.
I had an incredibly wonderful childhood the kind that psychologists love to say nobody had. I have a wonderful family and lived in wonderful places. I come from a farming family so I have that connection to nature and since we lived next to a national forest my back yard as far as the eye can see and then some. But we lived near a large town and not all that far from Los Angeles so we had all of the advantages of the city.
My teenage years were also great up till I was 19 when I had a terrible industrial accident. Due to that the thing I remember most about my early 20s was pain.
Life was great in my 30s so they would be in contention. I had my own business and more hobbies than time, but sufficient time for my hobbies.
Of course there isn't much point in wanting anything other than today I would say that things are good for me now, but far more worrisome than those happiest times. I still look forward to tomorrow and if I die in my sleep I had a damn good run.
I would not say it would be the best stage but an important stage. Every stage in life gets us to the next level. Every stage leaves us memories, good and bad and allows us to become the person who we are now. If you think back to when you were a child you might say you had no worries, but you probably did not think that when you were a child. We did have worries as children, though if we look back at them now they seem like nothing compared to what we are faced with as adults, but back then to us as kids they seemed liked a big deal.
As a child, I couldn't wait to be a 'grown-up'. I imagined all the freedom I would have and no one but me to answer to. Adulthood isn't what I had imagined ... it's much better. With every decade things have gotten better; I have more confidence because I know who I am and what I want.
My childhood shaped the adult I turned out to be and I am grateful for that, but I would never want to go back and relive that time ... for anything!
Great question, devisree!
Childhood is just one of the stages in life we all have to get through, for some it is more pleasant than for others but we all, with passing years tend to idolize our starting points in life...if for nothing else just for the assurance that whatever happens to us further in life, there was a time we have blissfuly unaware of what to expect....now we know....
In an ideal world childhood would be exactly as you've described. The cold reality is that there are millions of children who do not experience what you've idealized. For them, they experience abandonment, cruelty, a lack of love, perhaps physical and sexual abuse, starvation, war, etc. etc. Perhaps one day we can reach the ideal of which you post here.
Yes, I completely agree with it. It is the period of life that is enjoyed by most of the people.
But for me it was not so. I lost my mother at a very young age and I don't know why I always felt very lonely. I have heard many of my friends say that childhood days were the golden period of their life. So I think it's true in most of the cases.
I think it really varies for different people (I haven't read any of the other answers, so I don't know if I'm repeating someone or not).
For me, as a child I was powerless, helpless, and at the mercy of life and biology. I was dreadfully sick almost all of the time, with severe allergies and asthma from a very young age.
As an adult, even when I do get the sniffles as the seasons change I am not powerless: I can drive to the pharmacy for some allergy medicine which I can pay for with money I earned myself from a job I got based on a college degree I earned through hard work and paid for through hard work of a different sort.
I have many fond memories of my very early childhood (pre-Kindergarten), but only about the same number of fond memories of my K-12 years. It wasn't until college that life started getting worthwhile.
To date, my greatest accomplishment is still surviving childhood's many arrows.
Through it all, however, I was cared for and loved by parents and "unofficially adopted" relatives, that much is very true. Some things just can't be fixed with love.
It all depends. For affluent children, childhood is indeed the best stage of life. Such children grow up in comfort and have the best of opportunities. They have a childhood which they can travel and participate in cultural and intellectual activities. They have more that just the rudiments, they are in an environment where they can thrive and be at their best. Their parents have the means in which they can be loved and nurtured as their parents do not have socioeconomic worries which preclude them from being loving, nurturing, and caring parents.
For poor children, childhood is highly tenuous, if not precarious. Their environment is unstable because they do not know where their next meal will came from, if bills are going to be paid, or even if they will have a roof over their heads. Their environments are stressful to say the least. Many of them will have to assume adult responsibilities early because of their parents' impoverished conditions. Poor children do not have a childhood in the strictest sense. They are adults early and must be because that is required of them by their parents. Poor children oftentimes have to work in childhood to supplement familial income or to get the things that other children have.
For children who grow up in stable and loving homes, childhood can be the best stage of life. Such children have the support to enable them to feel worthwhile. They also feel that they have a psychological anchor in their parents and the other caring adults who surround them. Conversely, childhood can be quite hellish on children in unstable and unloving, even abusive homes. Such children have no bases for security and must develop a tough, outer armor in order to survive their harsh environment. To them, childhood is quite an arduous, uphill process of survival.
For children who grew up with parents who valued and encouraged their individuality and independence, childhood can be a wonderful time of life. They are viewed by their parents as humans and are accorded the utmost respect to develop and flourish as independent people. They are allowed to explore and make mistakes. They are allowed a familial voice and a sense of power and ownership over their young lives. For those reared in authoritarian homes, childhood is a time of powerlessness. They have no voice nor say as to how they should feel, be, or act. They are subjected to their parents' rules and dictates. Many of them see adulthood as a time for freedom.
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