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Commentary & Family life 08 Nov 2014 06:12 pm

Surviving our childhoods

It always goes something like this:

When we were kids, we drank dirty creek water until our stomachs hurt, played outside until the street lights came on, drank unhomogenized milk and ate candy bars and cereal loaded with sugar and calories.

We jumped off wooden swings set atop concrete and gravel. We played backyard football without helmets, plowed into one another on heavy sleds with metal runners, slept in houses loaded with asbestos and rode in cars with parents who were chain-smokers.

We didn’t have cellphones to help us find our way when we were lost and calculators to do our math homework and adults who arranged our play dates. We touched each other with dirty hands, rolled in mud, and went to the doctor only when we spiked a fever — if then.

And somehow we survived.

Whenever a screed like this shows up on social media, it attracts many like-minded responses, ringing attaboys from folks who feel that surviving childhood is a badge of pride that confers additional honors into adulthood. Several points are implicit in both the original and the follow-ups: 1. Tough childhoods create tougher, “better” adults; 2. Medicine and technology have hurt more than they’ve helped; and 3. It’s okay to lose a few kids, as long as they belong to somebody else.

Maybe the popularity of such posts is based on long-standing beliefs in American exceptionalism or a reactionary desire to return to supposedly simpler times. By this reckoning, today’s kids have it easy, and they are growing up to be milksops as a result.

At the heart of such reasoning is a germ of truth: Adversity in small doses does build resilience, and today’s helicopter parents may be doing their children more harm than good by inserting themselves into every facet of their children’s lives. Sometimes, it’s OK to be disappointed, get bruised, or find yourself on the outside looking in.

But these paeans to our long-lost youth discount the fact that too many kids in the past did not survive childhood. They were killed or crippled by horrible diseases, spirited away from communities that failed to recognize the dangers of mental illness and psychoses, or irrevocably scarred by bullying.

Some of the victims who were lucky enough to survive grew into well-adjusted adults, but too many others grew into people compromised by factors outside of their control. Ask them about their idyllic childhoods and the “grit” it engendered and see what response you get.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90.2 percent of U.S. children aged 1 year survived to age 15 in 1900-1902, compared with 99.7 percent in 2007. To me, that’s a result of everything from medical advances (including strong vaccination programs) and safer toys to better parenting techniques, policing efforts and nutritional knowledge. You know, everything that those “when I was a kid” rants poke fun at.

Whatever advances keep kids safer and increase their odds of surviving — physically and mentally healthy — into adulthood are fine with me. If one consequence of such improved chances is a slightly wimpier kid — well, I can accept that. A living kid has all the time in the world to toughen up; a dead kid doesn’t.

Childhood today is much different than childhoods of the past, and I’m happy for it. Tweaking and improving is uniquely American, and such changes should extend to the formative years of our youngest citizens. Let’s hope that they all have a chance to grow up and grouse about the good old days of 2014, when life was a lot more hazardous than it is in whatever year they have children.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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