What do you think about ITV’s kids in despair?

Childhood is different. At least that’s what ITV’s Julie Etchingham suggests as she does a three-part investigation this week into childhood. It’s a thought-provoking documentary, and a bit on the gloomy side. It tackles society’s obsession with safety, testing and exam results, the pathetic sexualisation of young girls’ clothing by retailers and a tendency to write-off teenagers as useless/scary. Well, maybe you don’t, but do have a look at the programmes or the first clip here (valid for approx a month).

This post is by Nicola Baird, using some of the ideas explored in Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children.

My favourite part of the programme was seeing two mums from Bristol organising the occasional hour-long car-free play in their road for local kids. What a great idea, and so easy to copy. Is this something you could do?

Also see lots more ideas for outdoor play – the cure apparently for just about all our children’s ills – at this Outdoor Play blog, currently top of my blog role! I’ve got some of the Outdoor Play stickers, so if you get inspired and know me (or live near me), just let me know and we’ll see if we can offer the kids that live near us some more chances to explore the great outside.

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