It’s amazing how many things millennials and their offspring are missing out on.
Take toys for example.
When I was a child, things were much more primitive than they are today. We played outside. Not for 60 minutes. But for as long as our parents would let us. Rain, snow, tsunami…it didn’t matter. We just had to make sure we took our shoes off before running across the shag carpeting in the den. It was ludicrous to think of us sitting inside, watching TV all day. That just wasn’t going to happen. It’s not good for you. And besides, Mom wouldn’t allow it. So we spent our waking hours outdoors.
And do you know what we had for toys? We had a few pieces of wood nailed to a willow branch ten feet up. A rubber ball, cracked wooden bat, and a front yard. A wooden sled (the ones with the red, metal runners, remember?) and a hill that ran down the right side of the house all the way to the street. We had lawn darts. Metal and plastic projectiles. There is no way in hell that you could even find lawn darts, let alone let your children play with them. A plastic wading pool, green garden hose, and a sprinkler. The list is endless. But all these objects, from a bright yellow Tonka truck to a cap pistol, have one thing in common. All we’re fueled by imagination.
So when I see todays youth running around with smart phones and tablets, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. This advance in technology is causing our hope for the future to become lazy, fat, and sedentary. We are helping make their young minds become stagnant. So parent’s, do this world a favor. Limit your kids indoor activity. Limit the time spent online, playing Xbox, watching TV. Force them out in the sun. (They won’t melt.) Make them use their bodies, their minds. Make them imagine.
I’m thankful I did. k