“Too often, children today spend their days in impersonal, regimented environments where they are just one of many children being cared for by people who don’t love them."
“They are taught to conform to group behavior before they develop their individual sense of self and their own interests.
We have expunged play from our children’s lives. They never, from the time they are born, have time for simple, puttering, self-discovering, self-actualizing play.”
"A critical secondary component is that today’s children spend almost all their growing up with people who don’t love them. No matter how dedicated a teacher or a day care worker may be, they have lots of children to manage, and they can’t love them in the way a parent loves.”
Rebecca Hamilton’s analysis in the National Catholic Register of the state of childhood today seems on the mark in many ways. It doesn’t reflect my own childhood because I was a child at a time when children were allowed to be children. On the other hand, many of her readers might have experienced childhood in the way she describes, but their reaction might be “so what? That’s just the way things are. Nothing unusual about that.”
What kind of childhood did you experience?