11 Sep '11, 6am

In our parenting column: "I'd rather let my kid climb a tree than play on the iPad"

I almost had a heart attack one day when I discovered my six year old son and eleven year old daughter up a tree. My first instinct was to scream at the top of my voice for them to come down at once. I managed to stop in time for I suddenly recalled what one of my friends had said when I forbade my six-year-old from climbing a water pipe. His basic point was that in this age of the iPhone, iPad and iMac, we might have become over protective of our children. He was right. In the dinosaur age before Facebook was launched, children used to be more active. I remember growing up in the back alley of North Bridge Road, playing hantam bola. I belonged to a group where we would organise Moon Cake Festival parties complete with story-telling and lantern-walks to look for cockroaches. We learned to negotiate: Do we play badminton or police and thief first? We developed values like l...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/ParenttoParent/EDC1109...

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