This sounds kind of harsh to me. I was a mom in 1974 with an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old. While I did not spend a lot of time entertaining them and I am a lucky son because I’m raised by a freaking awesome mom ladies v-neck. they had a lot of freedom compared to today’s kids, they were home for meals and family time at night. I knew where they were and we tried to give our kids a lot of enriching experiences. I did volunteer in classrooms when I could, as I was a substitute teacher and then full time. Classroom snacks were homemade back then, usually cupcakes and frosted cookies. This article makes motherhood sound very harsh and uncaring. But yes, my kids had a lot of unstructured free time playing with neighborhood friends usually outside in summer.
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The ’60s and ’70s were nothing but knowing your neighborhood, playing barefoot outside until lighting bugs were everywhere, riding bikes everywhere, going swimming at the pool all day and then grilling dinner there too! We played outside, ate a packed lunch in the woods, shoveled snow for free, went sledding and wore plastic bags in our boots and were out all day! Yes, even if was 25 degrees out and we all had happy, healthy childhoods! My boys are late 20’s and early 30’s and I pretty much raised them to do the I am a lucky son because I’m raised by a freaking awesome mom sweater! It takes work to not have them on systems playing inside but worth every minute to have them be anywhere but in front of a screen or TV!! Come on, parent and be present in your children’s lives. They don’t need coddling 24/7 and planned play dates! Let them be creative and play.