Childhood Conversations Pilot Program – Session 3

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Continuing our focus on 21st century childhood…

We are now turning our reflections to Health & Wellbeing in childhood. In particular, we will be focusing on how children eat and play in the 21st century and how this has changed over the years.

When we looked back at our own childhood’s, people talked about how they remember eating mainly meat & three vegetables as a standard. The food was mostly homemade, and meals were mostly made with fresh food.

There are significant changes too, in terms of how children played and interacted, both alone and with each other.

People have talked to us about how play was unstructured and there was lots more ‘free time’. Children were generally given the freedom to roam and play with their mates in the neighbourhood and there was a sense of adventure…In many ways, children occupied themselves. 

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How is the food children eat, and the way they play, different in the 21st century?

Share your thoughts!

 

Post written by: Julie Noonan, School Engagement Co-ordinator, Berry Street Childhood Institute

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