What hap­pened to child­hood?

Warwick Daily News - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - WITH act­ing editor Letea Ca­van­der

WHAT has hap­pened in this world that we need or­gan­i­sa­tions ded­i­cated to get­ting chil­dren to play out­side more? It mys­ti­fies me that in a re­gion where the weather is amaz­ing, where beaches or na­tional parks are nearby, in a coun­try where there are sporting goods stores ev­ery­where sell­ing cheap balls and bats and fris­bees that Na­ture Play needs to ex­ist.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion be­gan in Western Aus­tralia and has spread to the east side of the coun­try.

It aims to make out­door play a nor­mal part of child­hood again. Is it re­ally not a nor­mal part of child­hood any more?

I grew up out­doors, play­ing in the street with neigh­bours un­til it got dark.

Dur­ing hol­i­days, we wan­dered my grand­par­ents’ farm – 1000 acres that was all ours. The bound­aries were sim­ple there. Stay out of the cranky old bull’s pad­dock, avoid snakes, do not tease the horses and don’t lose younger cousins.

Are Aussie kids be­ing raised in­doors th­ese days? Why? Part of it might be the smart­phone phe­nom­e­non, and part of it might be that par­ents are afraid of preda­tors snatch­ing their kids, but that can­not be the whole story.

I want to know your thoughts. Email weekend@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au.

Also in this Weekend, we mark the start of the school hol­i­days with some sim­ple recipes to get the kids in the kitchen, and have come up with old-fash­ioned road trip games for those of you trav­el­ling. Stay safe if driv­ing, and en­joy the read in this Weekend.

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