OK~ There's something to be said about growing up in the 70's. I often compared my growing up years to our two boys who were born in 1991 and 1995. Today I find myself comparing how times are different now, as they were when they were growing up. Is Barney the Dinosaur still on television? I honestly have no clue, but I began thinking about that today. I honestly don't think our younger kids of today can sit still to watch a tv show as simple as Barney the Dinosaur. Kids today seem to be attracted to shooting games and anything that is electronic.
I thought back to the days of walking beans in the heat of the summer. Would kids today have the ambition or desire to walk beans for 8-10 hours a day in the summer heat for $10.00 an hour? Keep in mind my siblings and I were 8-14 years old walking beans and we did it for many summers.The answer is still more than likely, "No". Before corn like this came up, we spent hours riding around in the back of a pick-up picking up rocks. Yep, that was summer fun in the 70's, can you relate?
It used to be that kids would search out summer jobs such as mowing lawns, taking care of yards, and the like. Today, with social media in play, I see postings all the time of people looking for someone to do outdoor summer jobs. Kids are nowhere to be found, as they are too busy or don't have a need to bank any money. It could also be that many kids have parents scheduling their calendars so full they honestly have no time for a part time job or any free time to spare.
In the 70's I spent a couple weeks out of the summer at church camp and 4-H camp. When our boys were in scouts, I accompanied the scout troops to summer camp with other adult leaders. In fact, I even came home one year as a certified bb gun instructor for the Boy Scouts of America, how cool is that? Our boys were not only learning new things, but Mom was too! And today, I have to look really hard to find a Boy Scout. Boy Scouting offers skills that boys can use their whole life. Yet, many families don't see the value in it.
So..... the times are a changing and I honestly worry about our youth. Do we still have a work ethic today? And during the 70's I'm sure my Mom worried a little bit about us climbing a tree now and then and wondering who would break their arm next. Thankfully, none of us did fall out of a tree and break an arm, but man, did we have fun climbing those trees! Now, in today's crazy time that we live in, I'm not even sure if kids can still climb trees for fear of hurting themselves or a tree.
In the grand scheme of things, growing up is still growing up. It's all about perspective. If you can have fun, enjoy family time and be healthy- life is good! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?