Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Childhood - too precious to cut short?

No designer clothes for this pair.  All G10 and H10 need is friendship, sand, a bit of sunshine and coloured pencils to make a it perfect day.  Long may this continue.  I hate the fact that childhood seems to be getting shorter yet our life expectancy is getting longer. What is it about this modern rush to grow up?  It's a real mystery and I'm unable to see the Darwinian benefit of this urgency to leave those carefree days behind.

I have to admit that's why I love Pembrokeshire... there is less emphasis on having the latest gear and looking like little pop stars and believing that the only credible job in life is to be 'famous' - all so much pressure at such an early age, just to fit in.  Those stiletto heels for babies and padded bras for seven year olds make my skin crawl.  I watched a programme on TV last night about pageants for children here in the UK.  There was a very young child who had had plastic surgery to pin her ears back (her Mum admitted she didn't find her attractive at birth) and another child of seven who wears contact lenses, even though she finds glasses more comfortable. "Mummy will be cross if I wear my glasses."  I found I was catching flies, my mouth wide open in amazement that these parents (Mummies primarily) were merrily creating psychological problems for the years to come. 

I'm not the best Mum in the world - but really after that programme I felt that perhaps I wasn't too bad!

Let the children be free, run, get dirty, laugh, play, remain unconcerned about their appearance - for as long as they can.   After being an adult for more years than I care to admit, I'd change places like a shot.

Enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

5 comments:

Preseli Mags said...

Hear hear! I hate this 'all about the way you look' culture. It's all so plastic and fake. I'm so glad it's so diluted here in Pembrokeshire.

Rob-bear said...

Children have enough pressures. While they're being children, they have all kinds of opportunities to think great thoughts, tell stories un-self-consciously, wonder about bugs and sand castles, and generally enjoy the world.

One of my tasks in my "senior years" is to recover the child-like joy of having fun for no reason except having fun. And being with friends.

Charlie said...

I don't have a sprog, but I see plenty that look like street-walkers. If I had one, I'd keep it in vests until it was 34...

bea creative said...

I agree! Let them enjoy being young! Drives me mad with all these outfits to make them look like slutty pop stars! Where are all the pretty home made pinafores and dungarees that kids used to wear back in he 70's and 80's?!!

the veg artist said...

I'm so glad you feel like this about my home county! Luckily we've always been way beyond the times here.
Dressing for Pembrokeshire weather and outdoor fun is about as far away from WAG style as you can get - something to be grateful for, if it keeps life more in balance!

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