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Monday, February 01, 2010

Being Kids

I sometimes worry that children in this century are not allowed to really be kids. They are constantly surrounded by adult commentary and much of the television programing contains adult humor. We all laugh when a child on TV says something sarcastic or profound. Statements that in the real world usually don't occur. A college student mentioned to me recently how much she enjoyed the movie Kindergarten Cop when she was a child. I remember that movie well as I was a male kindergarten teacher at the time. The movie was funny and entertaining, but I was dismayed by the fact that most of the things the kindergartners said in that movie would not even occur to a five year-old. Again, adult humor masked as child humor.
I was observing a student teacher working in a first grade classroom the other day. She was reading a joke book (the children's choice) for a few minutes prior to leaving for the day. She told the following joke:
"Knock, Knock."
"Who's there?"
"Mississippi Who?"
"She's married to Mr. Sippi!"
The children laughed and laughed at the joke. A simple joke for a child's humor. I love to see children who are able to be children. I wish everyone could have a lengthy and humorous childhood. Maybe adulthood would be a happier experience, as well.
My second grade grandson loves jokes. I think I will go call him and tell him my latest.....



At 6:41 PM, Blogger Hethr said...

This is so true, and I see it often in children who are sat in front of the television. They have a skewed sense of the world and how they should interact with those around them.

I feel that as a society, we are pushing our children to grow up so much that we forget to enjoy them as they are.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, I think in this day and age children are growing up way to fast, especially with new technology. When I was growing up I only got to play nintendo or computer games every so often, which was okay because it was so much more fun just to run around outside, make forts, run away from monsters under the slide and hey even though I might still do some of that today, I think it is also important for adults not to loose sight of their inner child. Rent a children's movie, maybe play with some legos, you'll never know where your imagination will take you.
-J.Tsatsa 4330

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that you children should have more time to just be children. We are so consumed, as a society by the latest and greatest technology for our children and what is going to give them an advantage over others, which is well and good. However, there are times when kids need to be kids, and experience life as a child.

Sometimes with all the chaos of school and everything that comes with being an adult, I wish that things were as simple as they were when I was little. More relaxed and free to discover and imagine with what is around me.

I have considered being a teacher for the past couple of years and the one of the reasons that sparked my interest was the kids that I am around, family and friends that are so inquisitive and excited by life. I think that mindset is so unique to children and being around them and hopefully having a positive influence on them, encouraging their curiosity seems like an amazing career. (Alexandra T. FCS 5170)

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would totally agree that kids now a days are having to be more grown up than they used to be. For example: putting your preschooler in Challenger, they need to be kids, kids at that age should not be pressured to be perfect.

I love going to my mom's kindergarten class because those kids there say the cutest most innocent things that no adult could say. Little kids aren't sarcastic at that age like portrayed on t.v., they are innocent and sweet.

We should not let our society let young children wathch tv all day and not enjoy nature and playing with friends. That is what childhood is all about. I wish I could go back as a kid because you have no worries like you do when you are an adult.

Amy Houmand TL 1010, Spring 2010-section 001.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I often wonder if children can infuse humor with their views of the "real world"? In this day and age, there is so much information zooming by so fast....alot of it is nasty. How to incorporate things like good education cartoons and educational humor may just be a good tangent to go off to.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Hua said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Kids need to be able to be kids. They want to grow up so fast and they really need to enjoy their childhood.

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At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Cheap Cosmetics said...

as far as my concern right on these days children are growing up physically as well as mentally so rapidly with new technology world. i see in our environment today people to push their children to grow up so much that they forget to enjoy them as they are. so many thanks for such awareness content

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous early childhood programs said...

This is true!! I want it to be at this age too!!

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

In my short career working with children one of the saddest things I have seen is when a child has begun to grow up too fast. The biggest example of this that I see in the young children I work with is in the clothes they wear. It’s pretty sad when a four year old comes into the classroom in a top that’s a style I would wear. It still amazes me when I have little girls stumble off the bus in fancy shoes with heels and glitter. I remember as a child I was only allowed to wear my fancy shoes for special occasions and they certainly didn’t have heels on them. Now-a-days you can hardly find children’s dress shoes without a heel. Young children are still developing gross motor skills including walking and running, putting them in shoes that make it more challenging is not helping them.

I, too, love to see children who are able to be children. The best part about being a teacher is experiencing something new through the eyes of my students. I can tell when a child has been exposed to more than he probably should because he doesn’t react the way a young child should. I feel like there isn’t a lot I can do expect to help my students’ parents see the importance of less TV and media and more family time and reading. That is where the struggle begins between exposing children to technology but maintaining a balance between technology and other activities.

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous muhammed sekertekin said...

Cute kids .... remind me of my cousins back in the good old days.... Cheers from muhammed sekertekin

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Danny said...

Sense of humor will be good for a child’s mental and physical well-being. So by having a sense of humor will allow children to maintain a youthful, positive outlook on life.


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