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In Response to RE: August 2011 Memoir Writing Prompt: A Place for Solitude by NHMEGAL1
You are right. It is sad that today's kids have so few outlets for their energy unless it's with some supervised activity, and even then they have to contend with the adults in their lives. I've been to little league games where I thought the parents should be sent home. I was at a kids hockey game where the fathers got in a fight. I wanted to support my stepson, but I didn't approve of the behavior of the adults. Is it any wonder that the kids have problems?
I fear we have gone from one extreme to the other. I read or saw a study on TV that there is no more child abuse and abduction cases than there have ever been. The difference is that there are 24-hour news and there are more people. The percentage has remained about the same.
When I was a child my mother had a car seat for me that was not only in the front seat, but was also not connected to the car. Each time she stopped her right arm would shoot out to hold me in place. The same apparatus was used for my younger sister. It was improved by the time my youngest sister was born but that arm still went out. I think she was in such a habit of doing it that she did it even if there was nobody in the seat.
What my mother feared was traffic as we lived on a busy street. We could play in the woods, climb trees, swing as high as possible and then jump from the highest point and any number of activities that guaranteed bumps, bruises, cuts and once, a broken arm. However we were not allowed to ride our bicycles in the street. And of course, in those days there was no such thing as helmets or elbow pads.
I think there is probably a balance in there somewhere that can protect a child and stimulate their creativity at the same time.