Blog of the Week: Unplugged

Blog_of_the_week_badgeOur Blog of the Week this week from Baby Baby talks about summer holidays, the freedom of our own youth and whether or not to ‘unplug’ from technology over the next few weeks.

Are you ditching the computer for the park this summer?

 

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I remember my summer holidays in the 1970’s. The days were long and sunny. We called for our friends and had adventures in the woods. We found monster caterpillars. We made camps in the garden, we played Mummies and Daddies (there were a few kisses, but it was very innocent).

We rode our bikes around the village. We went to the park. We swung as high as we dared and jumped off onto the dirt. We all clung to the bright orange seesaw, trying to bump everyone else off. Our hands smelled of the metal of the climbing frame. We sat under the trees and collected beech nuts. We played in the grass cuttings.

We went to The Dump, but avoided the old mattresses so we didn’t get fleas. We made dens in the hedgerows. We descended on our mums in rotation, and scrounged ice pops and iced Ribena. We came home for lunch and tea. No one wore a watch. No one had a mobile phone.

How I would love my children to experience that kind of summer. To have that much freedom.

The closest my boys get to having adventures is when they find a corner of our secure garden and start digging in the mud. I sometimes let them walk to the post box together. They are out of my sight for twenty long seconds.

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Play dates are arranged. The wide school catchment area means that we usually drive to friends’ houses. We also arrange to meet in the local park and take a picnic. We walk there and I love letting the boys run across the field to get to the pirate ship. I follow behind, watching them like a hawk.
In these fearful times, where everyone is a potential child snatcher, I just can’t let go. I can’t give them the freedom they need to learn to play, to look out for one another and be responsible. They are still only six and five. Maybe in a couple of years I will feel more confident and give the the chance to blossom.

Until then I need to give them the best, most fun summer holiday experience I can. This means keeping the laptop closed. I’m switching off for the summer, at least during the day. I don’t want my children to remember their summer holidays as mum sitting at the laptop and them glued to electronic devices (as much as they love Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and the gang).

I want us to go out and get hot playing football, cricket, badminton and golf. I want us to walk, run and cycle. I want us to eat picnics, hide in the long grass and find banks to roll down.

If I ignore you on social media, it’s not personal. It’s not you, it’s me. I want to live life unplugged this summer.

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4 Responses to Blog of the Week: Unplugged

  1. I completely understand and remember well those days of freedom, wishing for but denying the same for my boys for exactly the same reason you have to too. At least you are doing your very best to give them what freedom you can and I like your idea of unplugging and saying so 🙂

  2. Emma says:

    We totally agree at Natural Foundations and promote children being outside and playing, exploring, running, climbing, balancing, experimenting etc etc etc all the wonderful things children do when they are given the freedom to play in the natural environment!

  3. Gemma says:

    I love this. I have a 4 year old boy and I can completely relate. My summers as a child consisted of playing rounders in fields and trying not to trip over sheep or fall in nettles, walking round the neighbourhood calling for friends and making new ones and just generally being out of the house as much as possible. People seem so isolated these days and I spend half my time on facebook or here arranging playdates in stuffy soft plays or trawling the internet for ideas for days out. I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and unplug for a few weeks and spend the time outside, running around, getting dirty and just being together.

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