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The best parts of your childhood probably involved things today's kids will never know
The endless stretch of a lazy summer afternoon. Visits to a grandparent's house in the country. Riding your bicycle through the neighborhood after dark. These were just a few of the revealing answers from more than 400 Twitter users in response to a question: "What was a part of your childhood that you now recognize was a privilege to have or experience?"

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The changing nature of childhood

The changing nature of childhood

The most valued childhood experiences of people who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s are things that the current generation of kids are far less likely to know.

What stands out is that

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Less independence and autonomy

American children have less independence and autonomy today.

  • Parents have become more concerned with safety.
  • Parents run the risk of being charged with neglect for let...

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Time with family

A childhood privilege was spending regular time with parents and access to meaningful interactions with other family members, especially grandparents.

Close grandparent-child relationships...

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Reading books

Many people feel that time for reading was a major privilege of their childhood, where they had access to thousands of books from libraries, bookstores, or books passed along.

Reading ...

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A screen-free existence

45% of teens say they are online on a "near-constant" basis. Three years ago, 24% of teens went online "almost constantly."

Gratitude for a childhood free of social media is now a c...

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Reinventing childhood

It is only as adults that we are able to recognize all the factors that made us into who we are today.

A healthy childhood is a privilege. But even children who do grow up in a stable environ...

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