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Priya Desai expert
Priya Desai Speech and Language Therapist London, GB
Language expert

Great question Holly - I don't have children yet but my answer would be 'no' as the world is constantly evolving and as much as I like things from the past, we can't move back; we can however, educate our children to learn about the past and educate them, in addition to limiting the multitude of high-tech sensory experiences now available to children so they can appreciate a more low-tech world, and are exposed to a naturalistic sensory environment, in which they do explore and are out and about more.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Simon Munk writer
Simon Munk Consumer tech journalist, mountain biker, dad of two. Walthamstow

Aren't we all trying to give our kids the best of both worlds? Or is it just me? My kids get lots of the new and the old...

From my childhood - lots of unfettered access to wild, outdoor space and freedom to experiment. Yes, that means I have to be more wary of roads and road danger with them than I was, but climbing trees, mucking about in muddy woods, riding your bike - that stuff is still available to kids now. And my kids already have the bruises, bumps and scrapes to prove it (and A&E visits). In short, just because it's 2013, doesn't mean you can't read stories to your kids or go camping or make a rope swing. In fact, blimey, the bikes that my kids ride are comparatively cheaper, yet way better, than the one I grew up on!

From now - more easy access to technology, a greater shared parenting social experience (helped by Mumsnet, Twitter, etc.), more creative use of tech (code clubs, techno-crafting, iPad games, find pictures of stuff on google to illustrate things instantly etc.), greater transparency of parenting (ie I talk to my kids about anything and everything - very much unlike most parents in the 70s).

Is that so hard to do? It requires a) making some compromises on how much money you earn and what hours you work - but that seems to be easier now than in the 70s! b) it means rejecting some of the rubbish mainstream society tells you is "success". In other words, it's not hard to manage both - you just can't do it so easily if you both choose to work full time. That is a choice - recognise it, be aware of it, be happy with your decision.

I'd also add, there's a lot from both eras I'm trying to avoid - from then, endemic bullying, for instance; from now, terrible body image and role models for girls particularly.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Ahesanali Suthar expert
Ahesanali Suthar Web Developer/Designer IN
Software/app development expert

Every parents wishes good for his/her child.And also this magic button is virtual not practical one.But yes if you decided to do so.It works.

So Final conclusion is you would like to give good part of your childhood and from your past experience to your children,but you refuse to give your bad or seen as bad.

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Experience 4 years ago
mangai arasi
mangai arasi teacher handling english Chennai International Airport, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

No. Let the children of this era go with the new changes and get accommodated. But of course we can teach them the values that we got imbibed. We can also narrate the positive messages and experiences that we have had.

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Opinion 4 years ago

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