Few months ago a coleague told me something about a kindergarten kid. The teacher asked them to draw some chicks
The kid drew some errr...frozen grill chicken. When question, he defended explaining that's how chicken looks like.
I did giggle when I heard that, but it's getting scary. A volonteer from the shelter told me that in the weekend when they do pony rides in the parks some kids ask "is this a real horse? is this horse alive?" when touching the animals.
I am a city kid too. But I did have the opportunity to have grandparents who lived in the countryside, it's only now that I realize how much this helped.
One of Animal Planet's spotlight ads show a farm in the middle of a city that preserves some rare breeds of domestic animals and also welcomes children to visit. Most of them have no idea how a goat or a turkey look like, alive.
Honestly I find it awfully weird and worrying for a child not to know how a goat looks like, or to think that apples grow in refrigerators.
Have you met such cases as well?
I'm sorry for kids who have to live that way. I think they've alienated too much from nature - our original environment.
I worked for a company for 7 years that did pony rides, draft horse wagons, and petting zoos (goats/cows/pig/chickens/llama/camel/and more!) so I've seen this repeatedly and I just always did my best to tell them alot of facts on the animals!
I understand what you're saying, but to play devil's advocate, children always say/do silly things when they don't know about them. There are things that country children don't see everyday that if someone didn't tell them about it, they wouldn't know. It's just a part of growing up; eventually they'll figure out these things.
One of my ex boyfriends was 24 yo when he first saw a cow, and my grand mom's place. Also embarrassed me totally by screaming out loud "OOOOH IT'S SO BIG I HAD NO IDEA THEY'RE SO BIG"..and it was a scrawny tiny cow really.
I just wonder when we go into the city and go "Wow! Look how tall that building is!" "Look at all the people!" etc. If they don't wonder if we are missing out on things and giving us that eye roll too???
I'm not surprised.
People are so far removed from their food sources and the natural world now, that it's frightening.
What I don't understand is even if they've never seen a live cow, horse, chicken, etc. there are books, magazines and the interwebz where they can find pictures and descriptions.
Our society is too insulated and soft. American children are at epidemic proportions for obesity, and their parents aren't far behind. We're raising a society of lumpy, lardy, techno geeks.
You know who puts up hay where I live? The middle aged and older women and men! The young people whine about how hot it is, how heavy the bales are, and omigawd the hay is prickly and there are bugs everywhere!!!
Not all children are like that, but a sad majority are, and it's the adults who are to blame.
Now it's all about 'play dates' and 'arranging' things. In my day, my parents shooed us out the door once our chores were done, we played outside all day only stopping to grab a sandwich for lunch, then back in for dinner, only to be outside again until the street lights came on.
Kids today would shrivel and die without their A/C, TV, and electronic gadgets.
I seriously fear for the future of this country.
Well I grew up in the city, and moved to the country as a teenager. There were alot of things that things that I wasn't aware of. The first time I saw a cow up close, I found them interesting looking. I didn't go on about it like your ex, but maybe he was just really excited.
If their parents don't put importance on it, the kids don't think about it until they are actually presented with it. I agree that it should be basic information for someone to know.
I'm still telling my husband things about country life that he never knew, but he also tells me about cars and culture things that I didn't know. :)
I am part of a generation that had both. Our parents were in the city, we were born in the city, but most of us had at least 1 relative living in the countryside
So we got to know a bit of countryside too.
But this generation...there are no more grandpa's at the country for me for example or for my potential offsprings.
I guess I'll end up taking them to a zoo as well.
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