Disappearance of childhood

I thought this was a lovely post on the importance of letting childhood unfold slowly, rather than rushing through.

I love the emphasis on what we, as parents, choose for our children. I would add that these choices are not neutral, but express to our kids and ourselves what is valued in our home. I know that, for example, choosing to have the kids help me fold and put away their clothes is no where near the most efficient way to get the task done. There are tears most every time. But, what I hope this choice says to them is: we are all in this together. We are a family, and it is more fun to do it together. (Also: you are expected to be learning how to do these not-fun but necessary tasks of daily life so that you can, sooner rather than later, take over doing this without help.)


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