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21. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I loved He-man and She-ra! I used to think they were in love until I found out they were brother and sister! My friend had the She-ra castle and I used to love going to her house to play with it. :)

Just another random childhood thing: I used to make a fort out of those folding TV trays and blankets. I used to pretend it was my apartment. I would bring boxes of crackers with my and juiceboxes for my "kitchen" and if someone wanted to talk to me, they had to ring my "door bell" (basically make a ding-dong sound). I remember I would always make the fort in the family room so I could watch TV like grown-ups did in their apartments. Ah, those were the days!

Katie :)

22. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

As a child we are so easily entertained and occupied. I'd sit for hours playing with toy cars or marbles or whatever.

Now, it takes a ridiculously expensive and time consuming overseas extravaganza to provide me with a similar level of pleasure!

Oh, to be a child again.....

23. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

This is really true James.

The sad thing is, I kind of get the impression that kids nowadays (makes us sound old)just spend a lot of time playing on Playstations and watching DVDs, rather than running around makng dens playing imagination games.

There was a time when we could just pretend we were going travelling and get hours of fun with a play tent in the garden, going to meet the people of the remote compost heap tribe. I might try it. Save a few quid.

24. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I agree Lil Liz.

When you go into people's houses who have kids, there is so much in the way of Playstation, DVDs, electronic toys, colouful piles of plastic rubbish and the like.

I don't just think it's just Playstation type of games, it's the abundance of toys and junk cluttering not just the kid's rooms, but much of the house. Everything is throwaway, and kids are just looking for the next (bigger and brighter) gift.

We had our sons christening about two weeks ago, and I was truly shocked at the gifts he received on the day. Sure, they were very much appreciated, but I think he received more gifts on one day than I did in the first 5 or 6 years of my life!

It's made us think twice about having a birthday party for him when he turns one (why a one yar old needs a friggin' birthday party is another thing altogether eh!)

25. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Playstations, Xboxes, DVDs and other electronics... seem the be the way of kids nowadays. My brother is all about electronics, has been since he was a little mini kid (he's 14 now), and he really doesn't know what to do with himself when taken away from them! Not that I wasn't addicted to my share of the TV but that's about it as far as electronics go. I think it's just the way kids are brought up these days. *Shrug*

P.S. Don't hold back on birthdays james! No matter how old your son is, it's something that I find is important. I don't mean because of the gifts don't get me wrong - although they are nice, but after a certain age it's more the sentiment - it's just the getting together and celebrating that makes it what it important.

26. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

At the risk of sounding old, too - I have to agree. All these gadgets that fill in kids' time - it's like they don't know what to do with themselves if they're not being entertained by something. Sometimes you see a group of teenage friends on the city bus, and they don't even have anything to say to one another...

Still, though, what 12 year old has the bank account to buy themselves a Playstation or an X-Box? It's a nice baby-sitting tool, or a sad substitute for the cliched "quality time." I don't remember what my parent's got me for my 5th birthday, but I do remember my mother helping my sister and I make macaroni pie-plate instruments on the kitchen table...

Good lord, I do sound old...

27. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think the whole playstation, cool toys, etc. thing comes from the fact that people are frightened to send their children outside. When I was a kid, I would get home from school at the tender age of 5 or 6, and my parents would send me outside to play - UNSUPERVISED!

No one will send their kids out alone anymore. Everyone is so scared of the kids being abducted or raped or shot in a drive-by. So they have all these toys and games to keep kids indoors.

The offshot of all this is that kids' behinds keep getting bigger and bigger. Kids need to be outside running around, otherwise they are going to be too big to fit in the seats of airplanes when it comes time for them to travel. God, maybe we are the last generation of the jet set?!?!

28. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You have a good point Greg.

Plus, maybe they won't want to travel if they have never had the chance to develop an imagination, a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world?

29. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I used to love to explore the woods near where I lived when I was about 11. We'd make dams and bridges on the stream, and find new paths. It was all about exploring and finding stuff out for yourself. Which is not so different from wanting to travel.

However, i did nearly get sucked up in a bog, and i'd never let my (hypothetical) kids go down there if i know what i know now....turns out there was a flasher who used to expose himself to kids (he got caught)but I believe he spoke to us once, and a guy hung himself down there, and it was generally pretty gross.

Still at the time it was fun playing hide and seek and swinging on the rope swing. And I'm really glad I had the chance to do all that as a kid, even though it was potentially dangerous.

30. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

That sounds like a fun time! I wish I had woods nearby my house when I was young. But nontheless, I did have the outdoors, and a bike, and an imagination. So my days running around outdoors were plentiful.

Now however, I'm still young, and I already am saying things like "when I was young, kids...". Though it isn't too much of an age difference, the age gap is there for sure.

I'd hate to see some kids today during a power outage. What would they do?!

Then again, this is just our greedy part of the world, isn't it. I'm sure what we're talking about isn't the case for a LOT of people.