Twice this week I have walked near horse chestnut trees. A few years ago , kids would be throwing sticks op and collecting conkers. This time I saw what seems the whole crop , fallen , undisturbed . Not a kid in sight. Maybe they rush home to spend time on their PC’s and X Boxes. What with few taking part in competitive sport, it is worrying that we seem to be seeing the rise of a generation of couch potatoes.
Hi john don't be offended but you are wrong my sister is a school teacher , couch potato is wrong... Health and safety says the RISK of hitting somebody with a moving object ( a cocker ) is no longer acceptable . So your kids or grand kids will never be able to mutter the immortal words " I got a 20 kill conker " .. no more soaking them in vinegar or baking them in the oven.
Oh and depending on your memories , you can no longer play the game where you got a thick leaf stem and tried to snap your mates stick , it loved to do that.
In some schools you are not allowed to play marbles or skip.
My sister almost got the sack as a teacher because during a kids event in the 6 weeks holidays she went to pick up her own daughter , the room was out of control and a local councillor reported her for the mayhem because she was under the impression she was in charge of the chaos , she was not even a teacher at that school.
I was not “getting at” schools , where ‘elf & safety “ is OTT, but noting how different young kids activity is to my young days. Conkers , picking blackberries, kicking a football at the ‘rec , cycling as a group, running (cost nothing) , swimming long distance in the sea, - all these and more seem to be less common compared with sitting at home playing electronic games. The armed forces have noted a decline in fitness in new recruits, so have to give remedial PT etc. That’s what I meant, that fewer youngsters seem interested in the traditional outside activities .