COLLINS – Can we still let kids be kids? Are we being over protective?

A LONG TIME ago, when the earth was still green — sorry, wrong story. Let me start again.

When I was young, and it indeed was a long time ago, kids used to be allowed to be kids. I remember growing up in Terrace and later in Prince Rupert, and being able to run around, ride my bike for miles, and no one really worried much about it at all.

I was able to climb hillsides, climb old water towers, tramp across shorelines and tread on slippery rocks overlooking rapids, walk along railway tracks and over railway bridges, trying to beat the trains before they got there, most of the time succeeding.

Taking the bus into town from our home several miles away, and staying in town until late, going to a show, getting the last bus out of town.


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2 Comments on COLLINS – Can we still let kids be kids? Are we being over protective?

  1. I grew up that way also Doug. That was back in the day where everyone knew their neighbor, and vigilance ( not protectionism ) was practiced. Kids learned common sense while solving problems they ran into, and in some form, safety was also learned, albeit the hard way sometimes. Most modern day issues existed back then, we just didn’t have it flung in our faces ad nauseum like we do today.

  2. The kids of yesterday are the adults of today, also known as decision makers. Are there more bad things to be aware of? Are there more things to protect our kids from? I think the job of a good parent these days is harder than in the past. We are so consumed by image and fakeness, by falsity and shallowness…brought to us by whom exactly? Was it the
    complacent media? The kids of yesterday are the present-day
    decision makers.
    What happened, Doug?

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