Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Freedom and Kids
Michelle Dennis Evans
Inspired by my sister’s blog
Kids and their freedom has been on my mind a lot lately. While we are homeshcooling our children are pretty much with us at all times. I grew up on a Dairy Farm where we had 100 plus acres to explore. Our parents set boundaries and we were told the dangers of machinery and snakes etc but we were pretty much free to roam when ever and where ever we wanted.
In talking to many friends who grew up in towns or cities they too had freedom, they would ride their bikes to the shops, to friend’s houses, to the park, to the beach often by themselves.
In both cases parents would have an idea of where their children were but would still allow them to have the freedom.
What’s changed? Is it…
1. Predators? – They were always there but now we seem to be more aware, and encouraged to protect (who wouldn’t want to) our children from the harm of sexual predators or pedophiles.
2. Traffic? – Everywhere is more built up, more roads, faster cars, just basically heavier traffic which means greater danger on or near roads.
3. Lack of community? – Many areas lack community. Too many people are only concerned with themselves and never look out for anyone else.
Do you have somewhere that your children can be free, safe and out of your vision?
We are so blessed as my family still lives on the property I grew up on. My children recently had a two night sleep over, and they played for many hours freely with their cousin (who is farm savvy). That is the older three; my two year old is still kept safe in Grandma’s watch. Mostly I don't worry while they are roaming, if I do start to feel concerned I simply pray and asked for God's covering and protection.
I believe freedom gives children confidence. Our world is changing and we must continue to find ways that children can develop all their skills in healthy environments.