Isn't THAT the truth! I think kids learn more from playing, and from being with their parents, than anything else. To be a kid today would be utterly joyless- I can't even imagine how miserable it would have been to be forced to wear a bicycle helmet or have to be strapped into a car seat...(Sheesh, I'd sit on a family friend's lap and steer the car when I was 7!).<quoted text>
Every Friday one of us kids would play hooky to go shopping with mom and nobody called CPS. People are so uptight now raising super achiever kids who have lots of stuff but never really have fun.
It may sound weird to some, but some of the best memories I have, are of going to the old Grants & Woolworths (etc.) with my mother...stopping in the restaurants, or at a pizza parlor...taking long walks, and just sitting out with my mother and the neighbor lady in the summers, under a shade tree and drinking iced tea.
Thank God I wasn't shuttled around to soccer and 1000 different things like kids today...and that I had a stay-at-home full-time Mom. That has made all the difference in my life, and made me grow up to be a happy and successful person- something which no school can achieve.
I'm glad to see that there are still others around, like yourself, who still have common sense and values, and realize these things.