Two of my boys running on ahead of the rest of the family on a walk through the woods last fall.
There was absolutely no way that I could limit myself to one picture on the subject of childhood. I think we're almost destroyed childhood in our society by not giving children enough time to play actively and imaginatively. We over-schedule them and load them down with homework, but at the same time they often have little useful work to do. We try to entertain them to stave off boredom, giving them TV shows that make them grow up too fast and clothes that make them look like miniature teenagers. Making sure that my children have a childhood has been one of the great side benefits of homeschooling.
This is my oldest niece having a fantastic time at the park near our house.
These are my two youngest nieces with that childhood staple, Cheerios.
Two of my sons perusing the pages of the latest Lego magazine....
Me, with my cousin Ann, who is still a lot taller than me.
Bethany, at four, wearing one of her favorite things. Her childhood was one long game of dress-up!