Welcome to the Positive Childhood Childhood Now & Then page. We were interested in exploring childhood in 2012 compared to childhood in the past.
What Parents Think
Our research before Christmas showed that
- 49% feel that childhood nowadays compares favourably with their own while
- 30% feel less that childhood nowadays is less positive
One parent commented "We complain a lot about childhood today and look nostalgically back at our own childhoods. And yes, we had more freedom to roam. But children today are respected far more than they were, there are so many opportunities and it's up to us parents to give them what they need without smothering them…time to play, freedom to be kids and disipline too."
Childhood Then: Some Memories
We asked people in the public eye to share some memories and snapshots of their childhood. It's a new monthly slot, so check back regularly for updates.
First up is singer and actress Maria Tecce, who recalls the freedom of growing up in Boston in the 1970s.
Museums where you can learn about Past Childhood
The Museum of Country Life in Mayo
The Museum of Country Life has a traditional games box with games such as Hopscotch, Bread & Water, Donkey, Skittles, Jackstones and more. It has rules and instructions and is available from Reception or to pre-book by emailing the bookings office. A one-hour workshop can be arranged for groups of eight or more.
Waterford County Museum
The Waterford County Museum has a display case devoted to children, containing Victorian/Edwardian clothes, books etc. They also have a handling area where kids can hold replicas of Norman swords, helmets, tools etc.
Visitor Centre at Coole Park, Galway
At the visitor centre at Coole Park, you can see the childhood nursery of Lady Gregory's granddaughters recreated with their toys and personal items and you can even play "Hunt the Thimble"!
Does your child consider themselves fortunate to be a child now in 2012? Let us know what they think!
What are your thoughts on your childhood vs. your child's childhood? Tell us in the comments below