I have a new article published at Daily Life: “The great lies of childhood” on why outdoor play has disappeared from our children’s lives and why it is worth getting back, but not feeling guilty about as parents –
So, here is why I want to reclaim more outdoor play and free time for my kids – because I am tired and stressed out. I limit my children’s extra-curricula activities; it is less about fears of over-scheduling and more about limited money and patience. When my children get bored I tell them that feeling is good for creativity, because, I want a break. I am increasingly driven towards ‘slow parenting’ and I will admit that this is partly because, like the rest of my generation, the idea of continually improving my parenting is irresistible and I, too, am gripped by the benefits of tree climbing. But as much as anything it is also about finding a convenient solution to all my weariness with juggling work and family.