Do you remember what its like to be a child?

United States
June 3, 2008 11:40pm CST
Honestly speaking are you all grown up or is part of you still a child? Do you remember what its like to be a child and can you still empathize with the joys and trials a child experiences or are you too far into adulthood to remember? I still remember what it felt like to fall down and get a skinned knee. I still remember what it felt like to have to wait until my father got home when I was in trouble. I remember my first bike and running over the neighbors dog. I'm an adult and I act like an adult for the most part, but I am not so far out of touch with my inner child that I don't remember what it feels like to be a child. What about you?
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@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
4 Jun 08
i can still remember childhood days..my school days, my playmates and what we use to do together...i still have this child like attitude sometimes...
2 people like this
• United States
5 Jun 08
What is it about you that makes you feel you have a child like attitude?
@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
5 Jun 08
because i know i am childish sometimes...hehehe!
• United States
4 Jun 08
I had a pretty crappy childhood and grew up quick, but that's ok because now I have a 12 year old daughter and we have a blast together. I was really uptight when I was younger. In such a hurry to grow up and make my life right. Now I'm older and I'm a big ol' kid. I have no problem with getting out there with the kids and having fun with them. Whether it's jumping in a kiddie pool and shocking the kids, going to an Avril Lavigne concert or dressing up as Frankie (Frankenstein) on Halloween, I'm there. My ex taught me that just because we get older doesn't mean we have to grow up. I think part of the problem with people is they forget to enjoy life. Life is too short not to enjoy it. As long as you draw the line at being irresponsible life is good. Now matter how old I get, I refuse to grow up.
2 people like this
• Belize
4 Jun 08
i think its cool that you are like that,you dont mind having that kinda fun with your daughter.caz a lot of parents they think "ok,i'm a grown up now and should start acting like one",which i think is,in some instances,wrong.caz in this way both the parent and the child form a closer bond/connection.continue being like that(but of course you have to know when to be serious.i'm sure your daughter loves you.oh and sorry about your "crappy childhood".
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I agree. I like your attitude also. Some tend to think just because you are an adult you aren't allowed to "play" anymore or enjoy yourself.
@jimbomuso (950)
4 Jun 08
Hi kbourgerie ! I'm still very much a child. I remember what it felt like.. bouncing out of bed at 7am ish running straight outside to play football, everything was important, the senses were so sharp I remember Jawbreakers and Bazoka Joe bubblegum!.Swimming until you got exhausted and giddy. If you forget that you were a child (which a lot of people do) your enjoyment of life diminishes.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I remember poprocks. Those things still horrify me, but I couldn't wait to turn my children on to them. LOL.
@gemini_rose (16193)
4 Jun 08
I am still in touch with my inner child, I think although I remember being a smaller child I remember the teenage years the most and that is what I am most in touch with. I see the teenagers of today struggling to cope with everything and hating the world and I remember how that feels so well!
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Those formative teenage years are probably the ones we need to empathize with the most.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
4 Jun 08
I am a complete child still. Very simple things amuse me. I am always telling people that I am a 12 year old in a 50 year old's body! I just love the energy and exuberance of childhood. This morning I was up and out at 5am - for a very adult purpose - and had a childlike glee at watching all the overnight wildlife stumbling to wherever it is that they live during the day. I kept saying to my wife (very unchild like to have one of those) "Wow. Look at that deer/Hare/rabbit" etc. I am very bad a going to bed too. Unless I am being tucked up, read a story and kissed night night. As I get older, I intend to regress as much as a I possibly can!
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I just answered to your post about early morning hours and think that those hours are very magical. You almost expect to see gnomes and fairies on toadstools.
@rpegan (598)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I didn't have a traditional childhood, so I can't really empathize with children. I missed a lot of childhood due to personal mental illness, disasters, family emergencies, and other issues. I didn't even like other children when I was a child, so I don't particularly care for them now. I have a very strong maternal instinct, but it's very specific.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I'm sorry to hear you had such a tragic childhood. I hope being an adult finds you happier.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
7 Jun 08
yes, I do remember. I liked being a child reguardless of what I went through. I think about what happens with the children, mine and others. I even told others that they are little people and they need us more than most. I act like an adult, but I feel like a younger person and a child at times. I enjoy life everyday. I think about the future and take care of it in ways I can. Children need us a lot. We are all they have to defend them and take care of them.
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• United States
7 Jun 08
I agree. Our children need us. I love being a mother to my son. I just wish I had my daughter here.
• United States
7 Jun 08
I'm sorry your daughter is not there. It's hard not having one home anf close to you. I know you worry about her as she is not with you all of the time. Just know she's in your heart and and will always be there. We as mothers have the best interest for our best at mind and in are hearts at all times. Children love their parents no matter what and that is something to hold on to. Take care and hang in there.
@mummymo (23707)
4 Jun 08
I definitely have strong childhood memories and feelings! Although I am very much a mummy I still love to do the silly things that made me laugh as a child and still do. When my kids are in trouble I remember how it felt and what would have worked on me - it usually works with my kids too and after a huge fight with my teenage son I remember how mixed up and angry I used to get at that age! xxxx
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Thats exactly what I am talking about. Being able to empathize with what a child is feeling and going through. Its so vitally important to being a parent as far as I am concerned.
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@mummymo (23707)
5 Jun 08
I totally agree with you sweetheart! xxx
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
4 Jun 08
Interesting question... On one hand... I don't remember acting like a child too often when it came to serious matters. I had to grow up pretty fast... as I was the oldest and was responsible for my sisters from the age of 7. This became even more so at age 12 when my mother went to work. On the other hand... when it comes to play and have fun... I never did grow up and I am still a child at heart. I never did let the system suck me into its routine and I never took life too seriously.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I didn't know you had sisters. How many were in your family? Aren't you really into game playing online. Thats pretty much being a child at heart, isn't it?
• Australia
5 Jun 08
I have two sisters... And that is what I said... when it comes to play and have fun... I never did grow up and I am still a child at heart.
@ellie333 (21018)
6 Jun 08
If you have seen any of my discussions lately not only do I remember being a child but I tend to still play like one too as one of them was about me squirting water in the bath from my little sons boat LOL. I am still very intouch with being a child and enjoy the simple things in life. I even had one too many drinks a few weeks ago and fell and grazed my knee so I remember that one very well. Ooooooh and the feeling of waiting for dad to come home if I had been naughty still haunts me like it was yesterday not forty odd years ago. I was always in trouble as a child. Ellie :D
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• United States
7 Jun 08
I remember sitting and waiting for my dad to come home with a handful of candy which I kept using to play basketball with over and over. They were pretty sticky by the time he got there. LOL.
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
I'm an adult now bt there's a hidden part of me where my childish characteristic will and always be there. I'll see to it that after a long working hours, i'll spend time running/playing with my dogs,singing and running in the rain(of cors at the rooftop of our house so that no one cn see me hehehe).I can still remember what it felt to be a child. The feeling to have a cut caused by running around, the feeling of being caught by my brother playing during noon instead of sleeping, the feeling of playing hide and seek with friends during rainy days and the feeling of happiness during sunday coz my family will pray and went out together.That feeling is still remembered until now. But what I miss so much as a child??... the feeling of happiness with no fears for what tomorrow might brings.
• United States
5 Jun 08
You really hit the nail on the head when you said "the feeling of happiness with no fears for what tomorrow might brings. Thats definitely how a child feels.
@naaadh (217)
• United States
5 Jun 08
i very well remember how i was when i was a child. All the silly things i used to do, the way i would jump off the top floor on to the sofa below screaming "im superman". i just laugh out when i think of it now. But i think now also i have a part of that childness in me. But it dont kick out always. Sometimes when im with my girlfriend we are like kids. We do all sorts of silly things, and we dont care a bit about what others think. We would play hide n seek, tag and many other games. lol.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
It sounds like your girlfriend and yourself have both a happy and healthy relationship. Don't worry about what others think.
• China
5 Jun 08
My childhood was wonderful.When I was a child,I lived with my grandmother in countryside.She took me to pick fruit on mountain,let me to feed chick.My brother teached me swimming in the small river,and teached me to catch fish.When we came to home,my grandmother cooked the fish for us,hoo,so delicious!At that time,I feeled so happy because my grandmother love me so much,because I can do everything I like.At that time ,I aways feeled so free,and like a bird flying in the sky.
• United States
5 Jun 08
How wonderful, it sounds like you had the kind of childhood many of us would have loved to have.
@Rosekitty (19435)
• San Marcos, Texas
4 Jun 08
Kat..I'm still a child at heart and will never forget those times..good and bad..times with family reunions with most of them long gone and passed on...getting new toys..riding a bike for the first time..learning to roller skate and not wanting to lose my skate key..double dutch..climbing trees and hiding from everyone..those were the days..now i'm too old to climb..awwwww
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I don't really remember climbing trees. I probably did, but don't remember any specific time. So therefore, I'm not too dissapointed that I can't still do it. LOL.
4 Jun 08
I believe having my own kids has kept me in touch with my own childhood more than if I had not had them. The things I see them go through takes me back to how I use to feel and it does help me empathise alot more. Also, I work with pre-school kids and it is so nice to go back in time, remember certain books that are still being read today, share my own stories about being a kid and having the opportunity to be a kid again myself, I still love spreading glue on my hands and peeling it off..lol
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Now see there, you reminded me of something I had forgotten all about. The glue, that is. LOL.
@ersmommy1 (12598)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I remember some things. I think we all do. I don't think you ever totally forget. I spent a good deal of time as a child in the hospital. So some of those memories are very clear. I often wish my mom were here to help me. It is much easier as a child to have someone else be responsible.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Perhaps it was easier to have someone else taking responsibility, but I actually like being the grownup and being responsible for my children. I love raising my kids and I just wish I had all three of them here to hug and take care of.
• India
4 Jun 08
honestly speaking there is a part in me which is still a child.when i was a kid it was so much fun and easy.if i needed any thing the only thing i had to do is cry as much as i could and i would get it.but this didnt work every time.sometimes if i needed anything i would tell my mother and would ask her to tell it to father.and the other way is it wait until my birthday and on that day i used ask for what ever i could.it was really fun.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Unfortunately, crying doesn't work as an adult, or there would be alot of sobbing going on. LOL.
@feralcat (426)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
What a wonderful post. You bet I still feed that inner child within. My favorite way is sitting on my couch cross legged in the evenings and having a bag of chips and my pop and popping in a Charlie Brown DVD. This always makes me feel happy and those times sure help put the adult aside and let me feel free.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
One of my most favorite memories is watching the Wizard of Oz and as I had each of my children and they were old enough to watch it, I'd sit on the couch while they watched the movie with great awe in their eyes. We'd always pull out a comforter and a bowl of popcorn and each time was like seeing that movie for the first time.
@figjam00 (1450)
• India
4 Jun 08
I think childhood is the best time of any person's life. As a child we used to have fun all the time. We were satisfied with less. I am 20 year old and sometimes I act as a child. As a child fun comes in very different ways like riding the bicycle. I used to have lot of fun when riding the bicycle.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I tried riding a bike not too long ago and I came falling over. LOL. I was fine unless I had to go between things then I'd get all nervous and the handlebars would start to wobble.
@lora2507 (33)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Sometimes I wish I still lived in the simplicity of being one. It was so much easier in our lives.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Yes, it is much simpler being a child, but being an adult has its perks too.