American parents are running their children to and fro, frazzled themselves by the never-ending car pools and activities. The children, not knowing anything else, long for a simpler lifestyle, one in which they get to be children.
It’s true that our children benefit from varied experiences. Learning about how other people live and think gives them a broader sense of the world and of their own lives. Trying new things gives exposure to topics and activities which might spark a passing interest or a lifelong passion.
However, children need time. Just as they haven’t had a lot of experiences in their few years, neither have they had time to find themselves. It is through time, and play, that our children discover what it is they are really interested in and their own beliefs about life. It’s this time that is vital for them to learn about who they are.