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SLOW DOWN THEIR CHILDHOOD, IT’S NOT A RACE

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Today I listened, enraptured, to the American Author of the book,’French Children Don’t Throw Food’. She was chatting on the radio about her books, her children and life in general and something she said really jumped out at me; it started me thinking…

In America and the UK, we are always racing our kids to the milestones, it’s as though, when they’re born, they are released from the starting gate and it’s a sprint from that point onwards.

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We must get them walking, talking, appreciating music, languages, manners, sports, skills. We want them to be ‘early’ with all of these milestones, it’s no longer enough for them to hit them at the correct stage, and furthermore, there’s an increasing trend in programmes designed to imprint their little brains with as much information as they can possibly take BEFORE they even begin school.

Where is the rush?

THEY ARE CHILDREN, LET THEM BE CHILDREN.

Let them come to choose their own skill sets and allow them to veer towards whatever it is they will enjoy and will subsequently be good at.

They will all get there.

In time.

Give time, time.

It’s just as important that they learn to have downtime, to play alone for a few moments every now and again. To just be. They are tiny little people who are currently enjoying the best years of their life, let them enjoy it.

It won’t be too long until they hit the treadmill of work, bills, mortgages and ‘adulthood’. 

Let’s not make childhood a treadmill too.

CHILDREN ARE NOT THINGS TO BE MOULDED, THEY ARE PEOPLE – TO BE UNFOLDED.

Today I listened, enraptured, to the American Author of the book,’French Children Don’t Throw Food’. She was chatting on the radio about her books, her children and life in general and something she said really jumped out at me; it started me thinking... In America and the UK, we are always racing our kids to the milestones, it’s as though, when they’re born, they are released from the starting gate and it’s a sprint from that point onwards. We must get them walking, talking, appreciating music, languages, manners, sports, skills. We want them to be ‘early’ with all of these milestones, it’s no longer enough for them to hit them at the correct stage, and furthermore, there’s an increasing trend in programmes designed to imprint their little brains with as much information as they can possibly take BEFORE they’re even begin school. Where is the rush? THEY ARE CHILDREN, LET THEM BE CHILDREN. Let them come to choose their own skill sets and allow them to veer towards whatever it is they will enjoy and will subsequently be good at. They will all get there. In time. Give time, time. It’s just as important that they learn to have downtime, to play alone for a few moments every now and again. To just be. They are tiny little people who are currently enjoying the best years of their life, let them enjoy it. It won’t be too long until they hit the treadmill of work, bills, mortgages and ‘adulthood’. Let’s not make childhood a treadmill too. CHILDREN ARE NOT THINGS TO BE MOULDED, THEY ARE PEOPLE - TO BE UNFOLDED.

Donna Ashworth

LPIO 2018

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