What This Mother Thinks This Generation of Children Are Missing Out On

The Rich Zeoli Show
August 21, 2019 - 9:22 am
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PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- In an era when some consider education to be the top priority, one parent thinks there is not enough free time for children to grow.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, author and mother Kim Brooks explained what she feels kids are missing out on in this day and age.

"Kids have less free time, they have less time to play, they have less time to do things sort of independently, to form friendships on their own, to form relationships," said Brooks, author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear.

"I think that's taking a toll."

Brooks expressed her concern with the pressure put on children to get into a good college or university. 

"In a winner-takes-all society, you want your kid to be a winner," Brooks said. 

"I remember when I was in high school, you started thinking about college your freshman, maybe your sophomore year of high school," Brooks recalled.  "I have two kids now, and I feel like people are already talking about it when they are in first grade."

"I don't like to blame parents. I am a parent. I don't think it's their fault, I think it's sort of the way we do childhood now...Kids have less free time, they have less time to play, they have less time to do things sort of independently, to form friendships on their own, to form relationships, and I think that's taking a toll."

Brooks acknowledged the importance of math, science, and reading. 

"But I think a lot of the time, they come at the expense of these other things that are equally important," Brooks added.

"We've sort of adopted this viewpoint that children learn things when they have an adult hovering over them...That's not what human history and research shows."​​

Listen to the full interview with Kim Brooks below.