Sunday, January 22, 2006

Reese Witherspoon's Take on Childhood Privacy

Reese Witherspoon's Take on Childhood Privacy

The Week

January 2006

Ingrid Sischy said in "Interview" that Reese does not believe in taking her child to a series of soccer practices, ballet lessons, and play dates, She said that in her opinion children need privacy to use their imagination and play. She thinks that children should read and enjoy more make believe play than they do at the moment. Do you agree? And if so why?

I did enjoy many opportunities as a child to use my imagination to make believe, write and perform plays and poetry and create paintings and read. I think it is  very important. What about you?


sugar1337 said...

I think there needs to be a balance between group social things like sports or clubs and alone time for arts and crafts and day dreaming.

shermeen0621 said...

I think its really important for children to develop their imagination and creativity. it makes not only for a more colorful personality, but it provides a strength of character that many children are missing.
however i think its also important that children develop social skills, which can be achieved through group sports and activities. they also need to know what it means to cooperate with others and to face rejection, fear and loss.

shermeen xx

bgilmore725 said...

Hi Nat! I had lots of time for imaginary play as a child, but never had the opportunity to play team sports. I was a clutz anyway during gym class. I shied away from basketball and volleyball. No one wanted me on their teams. I was uncoordinated. I wouldn't trade those wonderful play times, with or without toys, for anything. However, my son had the time for imaginary play with friends, on his own, and had a healthy dose of team sports throughout his childhood. I think he has a better take on the world than I did at his age. I think participating in sports as a child and teen helps a person see himself as part of a group, and understands his role in that group, or team. He knows that on a team, each member must give for the benefit of the whole team. There is a bonding of friendship, of having shared the highs and lows of competing together. Not all children's sports teams are aggressive and driven by parents living vicariously through their kids. You hear about those parents, and those kids, but many parents and  coaches of kids sports don't yell hateful, ugly comments, and don't curse, and don't push their kids to the extremes. Some parents just want their kids to have fun and yes, to win, and to lose with dignity and grace. Imaginary play time and sports - Balance is the key, as in all life.

princesssaurora said...

I think both are very important.  My dd wanted to go to learn ballet, after reading in a book about ballet!!  Seems to me you can do both.  I hate when people cling to extremes....

Be well,

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sunnyside46 said...

I have always insisted that my kids have some kind of hobby, but I understand how she feels. I think many kids are over-scheduled.