The amount of times that I hear people saying childhood isn't how it used to be, that the world is more of a dangerous place, that children don't get to experience the fun that we remember from our own childhood.
But really is it THAT much different these days?
Yes granted there is alot more technology, the toys are far more sophisticated and readily available, in fact children have a little too many toys.
But do children no longer enjoy the things we did as children, do they no longer like to climb trees, play in streams and have simple fun?
What children really enjoy doing. They are not all sat indoors hooked up to the latest gadget all of the time.
I see children who opt to run through fields.
Children who would rather spend time jumping through a muddy marshland, enjoying nature, finding bugs and beasties and creating their own adventures away from electronic gadgets.
Let them make their own adventures without any thing else there.
You might be surprised at how much fun you will all have, by forgetting about the mess, not worring about the potential to trip, bump or scrap knees.
Not having to take along a bag of 'stuff' to entertain and occupie the young minds. Let your children run around trusting their own instincts, learning their own limits.
Of course, with the mud, mess, cuts and grazes you will no doubt have tears and moans and fall outs.
But you know what - thats all part of childhood too!