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What happened to the innocense of our children? I know this is a .com world but why aren’t the little girls out playing hop scotch, jax, palying house (the old fashioned way) making muds pies, palying with doll houses, pushing their baby carriages up and down the street? What happened?
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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • I was so out done, a few weeks ago my hubby and I were driving around some local neighborhoods looking at houses and in one neighborhood which was well kept that had manicured lawns and flowers florishing everywhere we saw a little girl sitting so quaint in her lemonade booth, it looked to be soemthing her parents either could have order somewhere or she has a very crafty father, but it was the cutiestthing ever and it brought such delight to my spirit to see that again, it seems our children has gotten lost in this .com world of computers and video games, well at least her parents had the smarts to try to keep her with a sense of old school charm and keep her as prissy as they can.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • Yesssssss Mamapan, I too would rather see the kids outside getting much needed exercise by running and jumping then sitting in front ofthe Tv and vidoe game systems eating and getting fat! Our society has truly gotten away fro mthis my mom too told us not to come back into the house till a certain time unless we had to use the bathroom lol. I miss those old days of fun and friends kids today have no clue as to what their missing out on. I try to play those games of old with my grand daughter she loves hopscotch and she is not too good with the jax game yet but she also like her boola bat remember those lol?




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      Michelle Bailey wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • I don’t think it’s because children have lost their innocence, rather I think it’s because as a society we have lost our sense of community and trust for one another.

      Our children are constantly exposed to age-inappropriate information, no matter how hard we try to protect them from it.  However this exposure to grown-up information doesn’t stop them from wanting to do kid-like things.  

      It’s hard to be neighborly when we are leading busy lives, and if we consciously or subconsciously feel that the world is a scary place, we are less likely to encourage our children to play outdoors.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • Neicy, I agree with you so much!  TV?  We never got to watch that during the day, only on Saturday mornings and it was cartoons.  Then we were outside playing and didn’t want to come back in the house!!!  You wanted a drink, you turned on the hose and waited a minute for the hot water to pass before you put it to your lips.  Remember that one?  LOL  I do believe kids have no ideal how much fun we had growing up.happy




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      Cheekymonkey wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • I remember those days... Out after breakfast back only to eat... But our world was alot innocent then too. I mean it seemed less predators and evil.
      I’ve always made Mellisa up plug if you will... And tv was limited but it also has to do with us as parents... We need to unplug.
      I see less and less parents going to the parks, outside to play or watch their kids, fly kites with them
      If parents don’t un plug to make the time how can kids.
      We have a rule in our house and I stick to it like crazy.
      From 6 to 8 we unplug. Keep in mind my youngest is 15 before I had diff rules.
      It’s sad that as the world got more complicated we let the most important things slip. I’m very happy that I kept my children what was appropriate for their age at the time. Hopefully they didn’t miss to much
      Cris




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • (((ANGELCART))) girrrrrrrrl yes!!! I used to love to drink water from the water hose lol, that funny taste was good to me back then LOL, and yesssssssss all we could watch was cartoons or the Adams family and show of that nature lol, it was soooooooo much fun and then hearing the ice cream truck coming from a distance gave us time to run home wherever we were to give a quarter to buy ice cream from the truck and still get change back WOW!ohhhhthose days are gone lol, but I'm happy I had the experience.

      Cris, I soooooooooo agree with you parents today do need to UNPLUG! and spend more quality time qith their kids I do understand people have to work but even when my girls were young growing up I worked midnights just so I could be home with them during the day to be able to do things with them and to watch over them. Their father had them at night.

      Mishandl, I sure understand about how our society has become so vicious and evil with all kinds of things going on in it but still people need to make time to spend quality time with their kids and not except the fact that ok their home under the TV, or on the computer doing lawd who knows what online, and then going out to buy some of those vicious video games for them to play just for the sake of saying well my kid is home. Remember the announcement that used to come on, on television? "Do you know where your children are?" I do and we would be right outside either in the front yard of our house or at a nearby neighbor's house playing and all the neighbors looked out for all the kiddies.




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      Diane17 wrote Jun 2, 2011
    • I guess I am guilty of this one but our computer is in a public place and we know what Kyle is doing when he is on here.

      As a kid I don’t remember playing outside much but I also didn’t watch TV much either.  I played indoors mostly.

      It’s just easier for us when the kids are inside because if they‘re outside they have to be supervised and there are also bears and bobcats where we live so it’s not entirely safe!




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      Linda L wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • What hurts our school the most is the fact that many children on the playground play games rough and unfairly, do bodily harm to each other, threaten their peers, swear, speak rudely of each other’s families or friends, and refuse to listen to the adults and follow the safety rules.
      These days the girls are drama queens, while the boys choose to fight or retaliate.  

      After school they play outside with children who make bad choices.  Some rather not be at home because their family life is disfunctional.  Others are glued to the TV and/or the computer because outdoors is not fun for them.

      Of course, we have alot of wonderful children at our school.  It’s the adults responsibility to teach our kids what are expectations are for indoor and outdoor play and the educators need to be accountable for unsafe and disrespectful play at school. Easy to say than do...

      Hopscotch still exists, and play house and doll house is a favorite of the kinders.  We’ll need to teach them how to play jax (my favorite game), and baby carriages up and down the street worries me.




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • I agree with everyone.  There was a time when we were allowed to be innocent, having fun outside, playing with our neighborhood buddies...technology has taken over and that is a good, but also bad thing for the average kid.

      Too much pressure all the time..who has the latest game, whose fingers can text fast enough, etc.

      Many of these kids will be burnt out by the time they are 30!frown

      So glad our son had the chance to be a kid!!estatic




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • It was safer playing outside when I was a kid and that is because we played in a group. It was a time when we knew neighbors and us kids warned each other about a creepy or a scary neighbor. Families were larger than 2 or 3 children, and elder children were taking charge to protect their younger siblings. I grew up in San Francisco. Beat up some boy that was bullying my younger brothers and he was bigger than me and his mother had the nerve to complain to mine and when I was sent to apologize to her I told her what her son was up to with my younger brothers and I had to protect them. That boy never touched my brothers again when his mom got through with him. ;oD  

      Life is not like this anymore. Families are smaller, the older siblings wouldn’t be caught dead by their friends hanging out with a younger brother or sister, and parents arrange their kids play time. And the kids have too much access to technology.  

      Cathie




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      Tstreets wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • Our education system seems to be so messed up these days.  Both parents working, daycares, babysitters.  I remember my daughter coming home with hours of homework no time to play, cook, family time.  She would do home work until dinner then read and go to bed.  This happened on many occations. I HATED all the homework she always had.  Why couldn’t more homework be done at school?  I felt it robbed me of family quality time I could have had with her or her playing with friends like Neice said “mudpies, dolls,ect.”




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      Cheekymonkey wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • I so agree!!! I remember some of mellisa teachers piling it on. To the point I complained! It was to to much. I don’t agree with homework. The occasional project maybe or if they don’t finish class work. But I know a few teachers my sister in law being one that gives NO homework because that’s what school is for. She teaches gate kids and was teacher of the year last year.
      Some of mellisa’s teachers now are doing that and it’s better but her math teacher this year was the worst. Hours at home.
      And that left no down time. Had to get her a tutor just because she was over welmed. That’s freshman yr. She only got a c for the year and that will effect her honor classes and even honors English and Spanish gave less homework.
      I got off topic I’m sorry
      Rambled again
      Cris




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      Anne E wrote Jun 4, 2011
    • Too much electronic stuff along with what every one else has been saying.  It’s too scary outside a lot of neighborhoods without parents home to provide supervision.




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      Melanie Seals wrote Aug 11, 2013
    • I think it all depends on what you value for your children. My kids had plenty of neighborhood friends. Now they are in college and they still keep in contact with some of the kids they grew up with via technology. So I say that you as the parent have to get out there even more so and meet the parents and allow your child to play with the people you know and feel comfortable with. Because unfortunately you can’t just open your door and let your kid outside anymore. It’s a shame bur it’s the truth.




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      Msowens wrote Aug 15, 2013
    • I think it is a combination of all, what aired  on television, the .com era, lack of parent involvement - especiailly when  kids having kids. There isn’t anything being though - at least the right thing. But, I truely blame it on tv, the programming on television is absolutely ridiculous.




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