Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more school work.
How do you think children should spend their free time?
Some claim that children are too relaxed now and have too little time to do anything academic, thus need more school work. Those who made such claim might have just arrived on planet Earth. Here, where a day lasts for 24 hours, they do school for 8 hours, extra courses for 6 hours, play video games for another 6, and sleep for 4 hours. Too much free time? I don’t think so.
In my observation, children nowadays have less fun than earlier generations. I remember when I was a kid, outdoor activities were a must. Studying and homework had their proper place, and I didn’t miss out the fun part. However, parents today seem to push their children to the limit, giving no room for fun. Life is about academic excellence. Today, children are grounded, even sometimes scourged, for getting C in Math. Most parts of their day are stressful and demanding.
The stress has already begun at a very early age now. Toddlers are to sit an interview with a panel in order to enter kindergarten. How much could a 36-month-old kid possibly have achieved in their life? ‘Do you still wet your pants?’, the panel asks. ‘I am now,’ replied the super nervous kid. Parents want their children to receive academic education as early as possible. As a result, many children even have tighter schedule than adults do. Too bad they can’t drink coffee to help them cope with the daily pressure.
I think it is best that children have more free time to enjoy their childhood. The time will come when they have to struggle academically and face daily stress. But life as a toddler won’t ever be repeated. I’m not saying they mustn’t learn to be responsible at all. They do have to know that life isn’t all about fun. They need discipline and guidance. But if kept balanced, both work and fun can make a fuller life.
So, sleep for 10 hours, play outside for 8 hours, and study for 6. That’s the life of a child. And that’s how they should live it.