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The Gift of Childhood
If there’s one topic I’m passionate about, this is it. Your child desperately needs the gift of childhood and all that entails. Children who are free to explore creeks, climb trees, learn to cook, and play in the dirt.
Our society is obsessed with growing our kids up fast. It saddens me and makes me work all the more to keep my kid’s childhood intact. Childhood is a gift to be treasured.
What exactly is a true childhood? Do we even know anymore? And how do we gift it to our children?
We can start by giving them less.
The gift of childhood is giving your child room to breathe and grow as an individual. Time to explore, discover and learn at their own pace. They need time to be and not just do.
Children who are overscheduled and pushed to perform often suffer from anxiety, depression and in some cases even post-traumatic stress disorder. If your child is stressed and anxious, try relaxing his or her schedule.
Less Screen Time More Outside Time
Screen free time in the great outdoors is happening less and less often. Getting kids outside has been known to reduce stress levels and anxiety. Kids who spend more time outside are generally happier and healthier than those who spend all day glued to a screen
Your child has an innate need to connect with nature. This connection awakens compassion and stewardship. The more they are out in nature the more they will understand the need to take care of it.
Nature’s Playground is one of my favorites! I love all the activities and ideas to get kids exploring and playing outside!
Do Less For Your Child
Stop doing for your child what they can do for themselves! Your child will thank you later.
When you let your child figure things out for themselves you grow their confidence and self-worth. It’s true! Of course, you have to determine which problems are age appropriate for your child to work through on their own and which ones need a little more loving guidance from you.
Less Stuff More Life
The gift of childhood doesn’t center around more stuff! Too much stuff leaves them overwhelmed and unable to enjoy what they do have. Over and over again we hear that the happiest people are not the ones with the most stuff. Happy people are thankful people.
Kids need meaningful conversation and connections with those who love them. They need to get outside of their world and see that the world is bigger than themselves. They need to understand that the world is not all about them and the next toy they have to have.
We are ruining our children with a me first mentality. Give them less stuff and give them more time, more relationship, more teaching.
Teach them to give to others and to be kind to those around them. Pack Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. Write letters to a sponsor child. Teach them that giving is better than receiving.
Less ( as in zero, zilch, nada) Inappropriate Content
Kids are kids and as such need to be protected from exposure to violence, language, and sexuality that is not age-appropriate. Kids do not process the things they see the same way we as adults do.
I am often surprised at what society deems as age appropriate and even healthy for our kids. If you look at the state of the children in North America you know something is wrong. Suicide rates are skyrocketing as well as depression, anxiety, bullying, and crime.
We can protect our kids and give them back their future just by simply giving them back their childhood.
For more on the importance of less in your child’s life get and read Simplicity Parenting.This book will open your eyes to what our fast paced modern life is doing to our kids and what you can do about it! See what the extraordinary power of less can do for your child.
*** note: I get that kids will be exposed to bad content, when that happens you will deal with it with love, kindness, and understanding. We all want what is best for our children, this is in no way meant to be an attack on anyone.
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