Are We Robbing Our Children Of Their Childhood?

Happy Wednesday my loves…

Idealistic Parenting

Parents today are more idealistic. We want our children to be the best of who they can be. Well, who wouldn’t want to see a future doctor or a future Math whiz, right? But sometimes we have to realize that our kids need to be kids to truly learn. Sometimes we go overboard with parenting and we may not be aware of it yet but we may already be robbing our children of their precious childhood.

I remember when I was a little girl, I play a lot. Well, I don’t have real dolls or expensive electronic game machines but I have a very vivid imagination. I and my sisters would play pretends. We will write stories and pretend that we own a book store where our stories are the best sellers. And yes, we do have patrons – our cousins. I have a good childhood memory because my parents allowed me to be a child.

Let The Children Play

Playing is beneficial for the development of children. Its benefits are not limited to the following:

  • Children learn to widen their imagination. Playing is imagination at work. How many times have we seen our children holding a piece of handkerchief and pretending it is a make up brush? Or how many times have we found our kids singing their voice out using a  hair brush as the microphone? Playing make kids more imaginative. This helps them in their cognitive development.
  • Children learn to interact with others. Playing develops social skills in children. They learn to deal with other kids. Sometimes they play with adults so they learn how to interact with different ages.
  • Children learn to develop confidence. When they enjoy their childhood, they become more confident. They feel they are more able to express themselves without hesitation.

I understand why we can be idealistic at times – why we tend to ensure that whatever our kids do, it should be academic in nature. But let us not forget that playing is part of their normal development. Don’t rob your children of their childhood. Let them play. Let them enjoy their childhood. Let them create memories that they will cherish throughout their lives.

Psalm 127:3-5

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

 

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