Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Netmums' Everlasting Childhood

I see that Netmums website users are complaining that children are under pressure to grow up too fast. They cite the fact that girls are made to worry about their appearance, and that boys are pushed into "macho" behaviour at too young an age.

The website's co-founder Siobhan Freegard is quoted by the BBC:
"The pace of modern life is so fast that it is even snatching away the precious years of childhood.

Children no longer want to be seen as children, even when as parents we know they still are.

There needs to be a radical rethink in society to revalue childhood and protect it as a precious time - not time to put pressure on children to grow up far too fast." 
In one respect Netmums have a point, there is undue pressure on kids wrt their appearance (both in terms of what they wear and their physique). However, that applies to society as a whole, not just kids.

Thanks to the impact of mass media we, as a society, have become obsessed with our appearance and the antics of vacuous airheaded z list celebrities who have done nothing worthwhile or tangible other than becoming famous for being famous and have thus become role models for adults and kids to naively follow.

However, regarding growing up too fast, loyal readers are only too aware that there are many "adults" who thanks to the cotton wool treatment in Nanny's schools and by over protective parents are still mentally and emotionally stuck in childhood; they are selfish, greedy, lazy and irresponsible.

Pre Nanny state, children were forced to become responsible at a very early age (or starve) by having to go out an work or join the forces (my own grandfather ran away to join the Royal Navy when he was but a child).

Whilst clearly it is not acceptable to return to the days when children were forced to work, in order to avoid starving, it is clearly also unacceptable to trap them forever in a cosseted existence that shields them from the realities of life and that prevents them from growing into mature, level headed and responsible adults.

You do the kids, nor society, any favours by wrapping kids in cotton wool!

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1 comment:

  1. Mumsnet get on my wick.....They think they are the first women to have children......They need to get over themselves they are, after all, doing the most natural thing a human can do, after shitting and eating, by having kids.

    One suggestion: stop asking kids what they want the family to have for dinner......I have heard modern mothers asking their children about what we (the family) should have for dinner that night when the kid is less than five years old......When I was that age, I was just given what I was going to have for dinner, because I was too young to make up my own mind or to take responsibility for such a decision.

    I think too many modern parents are forcing kids to grow up too much by trying to be their best friend and treating them like little adults.