Word Of The Day: “Childhood”

Childhood is a dependent period of early life which prepares us for our independent phase of adulthood. It’s a time to be nurtured, to let curiosity flourish, to have the freedom to experiment safely and to learn from mistakes. Children learn language, communication, social rules, skills for employment, co-operation for relationships to flourish and to function as part of a wider community.  You could describe childhood is an apprenticeship to adult life and the tricky part is retaining the important qualities that make you who you are as an individual.

Childhood can be manipulated, abused, sold, stolen and traumatised by just one adult. Conversely, childhood can be a time of porotection where playfulness, curiosity and choice are the catalyst to learning important lessons without the child even realising they are learning.

On a broader scale, childhood can be snatched away by famine, war, disease and natural disasters. If a community is lucky enough, organizations will step in to vaccinate, feed, educate, lobby for the safety of and assist the children.  Sadly, I doubt that childhood returns for these young people – survival has become their priority.

UNICEF is one organization who steps in to save children and their definition of childhood is succinct, as follows:

“Childhood is the time for children to be in school and at play, to grow strong and confident with the love and encouragement of their family and an extended community of caring adults. It is a precious time in which children should live free from fear, safe from violence and protected from abuse and exploitation. As such, childhood means much more than just the space between birth and the attainment of adulthood. It refers to the state and condition of a child’s life, to the quality of those years.”  (Unicef http://www.unicef.org/sowc05/english/childhooddefined.html)

Enough said.



Author: The Life Of Sue

I live by the sea in the Australian state of Victoria. My life hasn't been very extraordinary, however I seem to have a way of looking at my life events that makes them seem a little sensational. This is because I enjoy words and I cherish the art of storytelling. Painting a picture of my life experiences for others to share is relaxing and fun. Although these things really happened to me, I usually change names to protect the privacy of others; and there are many stories that will never be told on this forum. I believe I could write a story a day for the rest of my life - I'd never run out of things to write. See all my stories at www.thelifeofsue.wordpress.com

4 thoughts on “Word Of The Day: “Childhood””

  1. I agree. “…It is a precious time in which children should live free from fear, safe from violence and protected from abuse and exploitation. ” But thats not always the case, as we all know. When we are without the love, the encouragement and the simple feeling of being safe, then as children we fail to grow except in height. We carry all of the emotions and the hate into our adulthood and attempt to fill holes with drugs, crime and windup locked up or dead.
    We need organizations such as Youth At Risk and UNICEF to step in and help thoes children who are so lost. To the people who dedicate their lives to help fill thoes holes with love, thank you. There is hope after all.

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