A 1970s summer!

Haha! While I don't remember much of the 1970s, I do know that our children's lives are MUCH more scheduled than my childhood ever was. And although there are many great experiences they are having, I am starting to think they may be missing out on quite a lot as well. Although my kids are still too young to roam on their own, I think this article makes some good points about having more of a simple childhood summer. What do you think?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-fenton/10-w…

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4Rina
    06/13/14
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    06/13/14
    4Rina
    Exactly. That's my point. It's not a matter of 70s or 80s or even 90s. It's about the need to hyper-schedule everything.
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      06/13/14
      I agree. Kids today are super over scheduled and I think that's partly because parents are super scheduled. If both parents work the home you have no choice but to put your child in some sort of day care. That's usually very structured. Then when you get home you only have a few hours to take care of the house and eat dinner. That means you have to stick to a schedule if you'll ever find time for fun. Not to mention that the kids have sports that you signed them up for so they can run around outside because it's summer... It's not like back in the day when your mom just opened the back door and let you run while she stayed home and did whatever needed to be done.

      I heard some where that 62% of family today use full time daycare. I think that makes a huge difference.
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      06/13/14
      4Rina
      You raise some really good points, Taylor. In my family, both my husband and I have capital C careers, so a certain amount of scheduling is a must. But one of the reasons I chose to have a nanny vs. daycare is because I don't want to use my off-work hours taking care of the house. When I get home, the kids are home from school, dinner is cooked and the house is clean. So I can use that time to actually be with my kids. It's for sure still more structured than if I were at home full time, but we do the best we can. One thing that we are doing differently this summer is that I didn't sign my kids up for organized summer sports at all. They have camp, and then in the evenings and on the weekends, we will chill or do fun activities. But I don't want to have to be rushing around to 3 kids with 2 different activities each. Oh - and we may take tennis lessons as a family. So that's my attempt to be less scheduled even while working.
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        8Theresa Gould
        I was a 70's baby and it all sounds familiar to me. We definitely try to let our children experience the same things, but they also have to do chores and their school work since we are schooling through the summer - we are on a roll and I don't want to lose that momentum. We'll take days off as we need and want them. Our children still gets LOADS of time outside and for fun.
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