When I was a kid Saturdays meant one thing: cartoons.
Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, Transformers, He-Man…the list went on and on.
That coyote never did catch the road runner, did he? Suckeeeer!
I mean, I loved Saturday morning cartoons. After a long week of school, a couple of hours of couch time was just what the doctor ordered.
I feel like an old man…”When I was a kid…”
Anyway, what happened to those Saturday morning cartoons? It’s like they’re something that was buried in a time capsule 50 years ago never to be seen again.
They’ve been replaced with soccer games, piano lessons, and day trips.
I often wonder if we’ve scheduled our kids so many activities that we haven’t left time for them to…be kids.
I mean, when I look back on my childhood, Saturday morning cartoons are one of my fondest memories and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t even know what they are.
Kids crave routines and there was something so soothing about that Saturday morning routine. You woke up, fixed a bowl of cereal, and stayed in your PJ’s until noon…every. single. Saturday.
Things are stressful for kids today. There’s more homework, more competition, more pressure…
If you can’t use a mouse or an iPad in kindergarten, you’re behind.
My daughter read 200 books this year…in the first grade. And that wasn’t even the most in her class, let alone her grade.
I mean, they deal with things today I couldn’t have imaged as a kid, and they grow up too fast.
So, let’s give Saturdays back to kids. Let’s give them a chance to take a break and be eight years old for five minutes.
Let’s let them chill on the couch and catch their breath.
Let’s let them stay in their PJ’s until noon.
They deserve it.
And while we’re at it, let’s join them.
Big kids need a break too.
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