The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors.

I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before.

The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come?

Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it all. In truth, none of it’s real. It’s a farce. A rehearsed show created for the enjoyment of others, but I fear it gives little entertainment, and rather more self-esteem issues to teenagers than they can deal with.

Perhaps I was in the minority growing up, but I never really cared for makeup, the gym or having a ‘perfect body’. Fashion wasn’t really top of my priorities either. I’d usually just grab the first pair of jeans I could find, and throw a t-shirt on that I’d found on my bedroom floor.

Nowadays, if you don’t have the right clothes, the right hair and makeup, others will judge you and decide that you’re less worthy than them.

That’s not a world I want my children to grow up in.

So, as I said earlier, although the current generation are more health conscious than ever before, what’s the price they’re paying for this?

All of these activities take place indoors. Gyms across the country have seen a rise in teenagers signing up. Why not actually go outside to exercise? Run outdoors instead of on a treadmill indoors.

Our children are the same. They spend more time indoors watching TV, playing games consoles and staring at their mobile phones.

I want my children to want to play outside until bedtime. I want them to enjoy climbing trees, building dens and wading in the local stream, but I fear this may now just be a pipe dream of a generation long gone.

What do you think? How much time do your children spend outside? Do you think it’s enough, or are you guilty of letting your children spend too much time indoors? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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