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Life was so easy

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Looking back on my life, I realize that I did feel relaxed at one time. Life was easy so easy as a child. I would ride a bike, jump rope (I don't think kids jump rope anymore. Why?) or sit on the porch with friends. I stayed thin because I was always in action - doing something. I was outside everyday in the warm summer days in Ohio.

Life has changed so much. I raised two daughters. They were outdoors many days. However, many days it was likely they would be on the computer, a phone or watching tv. Raising my girls, I had to worry so much about the dangers in today's society. In school they were aware of drugs, teenage pregnancy....now, I really do not understand this. I grew up in the 60s when there was less opportunities to use birth control. It is discussed in school. How are so many girls getting pregnant during this time in our society. Just sayin....

I know it may not happen, however, I would like for my grandchildren to enjoy an easy life with less emphasis on techology and more time having fun.

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  • BARBARASDIET
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    1337 days ago
  • RUFFIT
    I was kept busy growing up in the 70's too!!! We instill that in our two boys. They hunt, fish, boat, swim anything with the outdoors. We do not even have XBox or computer games. We are constantly on the move outdoors!!! Hugs, Moni
    1338 days ago
  • D-ABBY
    By the way, I posted a blog I wrote for my Grandkids on my Darlene's Ponderings Blog that covers this subject of sex before marriage. You are welcome to share with your kids if you like. I can't link it in here, but perhaps you can copy and paste:

    http://darlenesponder
    ings.com/2013/01/24/the-gift/
    1339 days ago
  • D-ABBY
    Agreed. My kids are very good at controlling the use of technology and making sure their kids are out and active. But they are the exception to today's norm. Adding my prayer to yours for our society today.
    1339 days ago
  • LAURACONNER
    I agree - so much of what you said and some of the other comments - ring true for me too and how I raised my 3 sons - play outside, come in when lights come on...
    I loved it...my grandchildren ....their life will be so different and it is a SHAME!
    1341 days ago
  • GOLFLADY11
    Wow, Linda, this could have described just the way I grew up. Today I have a 4 year old grandson and they're sitting inside playing lego instead of taking him out to ride his bike. So what there's a light drizzle. We LIVED outside when I grew up! Running, jumping, riding bikes, walking the rails of the CPR tracks. We walked to school in the sub zero weather and warmed our hands under the taps in the schol lavoratories. Boy, it sure has changed. As Archie's refrain was: "Those were the days". Thanks and you're right, life was so easy. Our kids will never really get that. emoticon Oh yeah, and I was the champion rope jumper!
    1341 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 10:39:19 PM
  • KALIGIRL
    Interesting how times change - it will be interesting to see what your girls will remember and wish for their daughters...
    1341 days ago
  • JESSICABOOTY
    I remember "roaming" the neighborhood with a bunch of kids about my age. There weren't any helicopter parents hovering over us or sex offenders behind every bush.

    You learned about life the hard way. No one was going to make it all better. You figured it out, vowed not to make the same mistake, and got on with life.
    Your Mom would send you out to play so she could get a minute's peace.

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    There were some rules: when your Dad whistled for dinner you came running
    When the streetlights came on you'd better be on the doorstep and the third was: don't come home unless it's bleeding or someone's Mom called.
    Isn't it amazing that we all grew up as well as we did? No helmets on bikes!

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    1341 days ago
  • WALKING_WONDER
    I agree. Technology is great, but it seems to be making things worse instead of better.
    1341 days ago
  • JOANNANOW
    I think that people hear more about the dangers in the world due to the media. Children are not as free as they were in the past because the parents are cautioned to be more protective.
    I used to use my skipping rope a lot when I was 6 and seven years old and then we moved to a street where there was a bully that kept me indoors and getting chubby instead of outside jumping. I guess there were reasons even in simpler times for kids to be restricted in various ways. However.....it's sad to think of kids sitting at computers playing video games when they should be out exploring the world.
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    1341 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    My son spends so much time inside. He is a PA and works long hours and is so tired when he gets home. This past summer he got turned onto kayaking! He's started to lose some weight so I have a feeling he will be outside more than ever this year!
    1341 days ago
  • BHOLMAN1005
    Life is so different. I enjoyed outdoors completely, I knew that I was expected home for dinner and/or studying but other than changing clothes after school and having a snack on nice days it was outside.

    My children played a lot but were not allowed as much freedom because of sex offenders in the area.

    My grandchildren spent most of their time in front of the TV or with video games

    Too bad how things change
    1341 days ago
  • CHANGING4ME49
    I, too enjoyed an active life when I was a child and teen. Those days were spent outdoors more than in and seemed so carefree but than something changed. emoticon For me, it went downhill from there.

    Todays technology has certainly made doing things so much easier and yet people in general are much more stressed. Like you, I would like my grandson to enjoy an active but "easy life with less emphasis on techology and more time having fun."
    1341 days ago
  • _LINDA
    What a difference a generation makes. I used to love skipping rope as a young girl, also climbing trees, exploring the woods along the river, garden raiding (oops), was a fun, active life. TV was a small black and white portable with two stations we did not watch very often.
    Technological improvements have taken the physical out of activity :(
    Enjoy what is left of your weekend -get out and enjoy that gorgeous Florida weather!
    1342 days ago
  • IRISHMUM3
    My sons and I jump rope still - the youngest does it as conditioning for fencing, and the oldest just loves to try. They also jump rope in PE at school, for which I am grateful - it makes them want to practice at home. Things do seem more stressful these days, though. Big hugs for finding relaxation!
    1342 days ago
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