Hard Job but a Wonderful one.

@suzzy3 (8349)
March 5, 2009 4:41pm CST
Bringing up a family has always been a challenging job.I watch my daughter and son bring up their young families and wonder in amazement how they do a job that is so different from when I brought them up,You could let them run over to the park for hours to play.Let them walk up the shop when they were eight,we did not have all these terrible news reports early they used to come on late at ten pm.All these drug pushers did not exist for younger children {although older kids experimented with them}I am not saying it was a perfect world but nothing like it is today.Knife crime was only in the worst part of town,you stayed away from those places,Guns cowboys used to have them on the films.Not school kids.I would hate to have the responsibity of raising a child these days.I am glad mine have grown just left with one son still at school aged fifteen and that enough worry.things have gone down hill since he was born so quickly,I take my hat of to anyone who brings up a family in these times.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
6 Mar 09
"very" well said. i know exactly what u are talking about. times sure have changed & not for the good either.
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@suzzy3 (8349)
6 Mar 09
On the same page.Thanks for response.xx
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Yeah, I would hate to have to raise kids in these times, I have 7 nephews and one niece, and they are all still pretty young, from ages 12yrs. to 6 mos.old. I pray for my sisters and brother and in-laws that they'll be able to raise the kids right and that it won't get harder on them as the kids get older. I'm glad I'm not raising young kids right now, it would be tough. Yep, gone are the days when we were young and didn't have to worry about anything, as long as we came home before dark, we were alright.
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@suzzy3 (8349)
6 Mar 09
only went home when hungry or it got dark,bottle of squash bag of crisps back for supper,Thanks for response.x
@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
5 Mar 09
Hi suzzy3...I couldnt agree with you more...Life has changed so much since I was a child..I would get up in the morning, have some chores to do that I just knew had to be done, and I did them..then I would be off to play for the rest of the day...If I didnt come home at lunch time, oh well, I didnt get any...I would be expected home for supper however. I wandered for miles..down to the bluffs to climb the steep cliffs...the ones that I look at now and would say OMG! get away from the edge! I went to the park, not the one across the street, but the one 6 streets down..I climbed the trees, hung upside down from the branches, waded in the pond. I walked over a mile many times to the open pits, (no bad people lurking there either) and would walk the paths through the woods, climb the hills and wade through the water catching golf fish and tadpoles. Nobody ever worried..not me or my parents. Then I had my own family. Four children to be exact..With each child, the world seemed to get a little more fearful..Limits were set and freedom not quite the same. By the time I had my youngest, I had to always know where he was, always kept him in site when he was little, and as a teenager, demanded to know where he was going and when he would be home, I would often picj him up at nights so I know he would get home safely. Not like my parents who told me I wanted to go there, I could find a way home and even walk in the dark if need be. Today I would be terrified to raise children. Im not sure I would even know what limits to set anymore as far as freedom goes and I would not want to make the choice either. But then again, I guess the generation before me was different as well ....But with all the rights and freedoms in place for children today, all the lunatics that seem to be much more public, I would not want to raise children today. I was not brought up in this time and am not sure I could adapt.
@suzzy3 (8349)
6 Mar 09
Your childhood sounds like mine was freedom so precious is the one thing children really miss today,we used to discover and like you if we went out our parents expected us to get back wonderful days.Thanks for response.xx
@derry123 (611)
5 Mar 09
Yes i know what you mean suzy .. the world is a scary place these days .. i would not want to be raising children now .. WELL DONE all you young mums and dads **
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@suzzy3 (8349)
6 Mar 09
Well done also .Thanks for response.x
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
5 Mar 09
I totally agree. These are different times. I remember when I was a kid, I would be gone all day, only coming home for dinner. My parents never worried about where I was, who I was with, if I was in trouble, etc. There was an email that went around a while back, I wish I still had it, but it was similar to this. We slept in cribs painted with lead based paints, we didn't wear helmets while riding bikes, we rode in the backs of trucks on a hot sunny day, things along those lines, basically, it is such a "safety conscious" society we live in that it's a wonder our kids are allowed to have any fun. They have brought in so many new rules and regulations that playgrounds at school had equipment removed "for safety reasons". My husband and I moved to a rural area in a really great neighborhood so that our children could enjoy a more free life. I let my son out in the yard to play freely, I wouldn't have it any other way.
@suzzy3 (8349)
5 Mar 09
The rules and regulations are really difficult to work all the time,but yes it has gone from one extreme to the other,well pointed out.Thanks for interesting response.