You only need to look at my sons’ legs to know that they both had a good summer holiday.
I don’t mean the tan lines, although they both definitely have those as well. Nope I mean the bruises and cuts. Not usually something that you hope for I know ha! They are both currently covered in bruises and cuts – more so my eldest who came home yesterday from the woods covered in mud and blood. Thankfully he was just very sore and a bit grumpy today for school.
For my boys the state of their legs are a sign that they spent a lot of their summer holiday outside with their friends. Playing in the woods, climbing trees, having running races, playing football at the park and generally just having a lot of independent fun.
When it comes to the boys, especially my eldest with his Type 1 Diabetes I have to force myself sometimes to let go a little bit. To let them have the freedom that they need to grow up and learn how to look after themselves. This summer they definitely did that.
They went that little bit further from home than they usually do, they found somewhere with a ‘den’ to play with all their mates. They are pretty much just having the childhood that I always knew that I wanted for my children.
The slightly muddy (their favourite place is the woods), a bit bruised but still smiling childhood full of friends and laughter. In all honesty I’m a little bit jealous that no one has invited me to climb a tree for a long long time.
They’ve still played on their PS4s plus on their gadgets and gizmos, but even then it has involved chatting to their friends a lot online. I know this because my ears are still ringing slightly from listening to it!
The ‘digital’ generation are much more sociable than most people think I reckon, in fact possibly more so than my generation was as Tweens and Teens as they don’t need to rely on waiting for the landline to talk and they don’t then have their whole family listening in ha!
When I mention that the boys play outside so much, I do get met with a lot of ‘oh that’s brilliant’ sort of comments and people sound surprised. Do your children spend a lot of time outside playing or are my children and their friends actually ‘abnormally’ having what I think of as a ‘normal’ childhood?!
‘Normal’ or not I hope we have several more years of bruised leg summers ahead of us.