My heart hurts for our kids today. I can't imagine my grandkids having what I had - we rode our bikes to school from 3 miles away. We played in the creeks down the road from our house. We camped in our backyards and talked about what we would do when we were in our 30's, 40's and 50's. Well, here we are, and what we do is look at how our generation has had a hand in screwing everything up!
Last week, I put my 9 year old granddaughter on her bike to go visit our neighbors, just like I used to do at her age. But now, I thought, "she's going 75 yards down the street, and I can't take my eyes off her until she's safely in the house." That's when I realized she won't have the same opportunities with her childhood friends that I had. We've destroyed the innocence of our kids and are now required to talk to them about child abductions and what to do if they are "stolen." Dr. Laura, my generation had the best time growing up, and we would like nothing more than for our kids to have those same experiences. I only hope that with careful parenting and grandparenting, they can create different, but equally rewarding, memories to recall when they grow up.