The childhood I’d like for my kids

I’ve written about my childhood on this blog before, and I was lucky that I had a happy childhood. I’ve thought about the childhood I want for my kids one day, and I think this is the right place for it.

Some background

Last year, my husband and I moved from South Africa to Australia. We’ve been here for about six months, and although we miss our family and friends terribly, we know that we’ve made the right decision.

Don’t get me wrong, I know every country has its issues—like the flooding we had and will continue to have in the coming years. But I think I can live with it.

What I want for my kids

I want my kids to get a quality education—something that you get from the public schools here in Australia. Also, some of the best universities in the world are here, so I know they’ll be in good hands if they choose to study further.

I want them to have reliable sources of electricity and water. I don’t want them to plan their day around when the power and water will be on (and hope the municipality sticks to the timetables).

There’s so much safe and free entertainment. It’s super family-friendly here. Even the local parks are amazing. Then there are free, public water parks where your kids can play in the summer months.

Most of all, I want my kids to feel safe. I don’t want them to feel unsafe in their own homes like I did in South Africa. Further, I don’t want to worry that someone is going to kidnap my kid.

I want them to enjoy their lives without worrying about the things that I worried about in South Africa.

And if you think I’m being dramatic, then you go live there for thirty years and then we can talk.

However …

I also don’t want entitled little shits as kids, but I’m still figuring out how I’m going to prevent that.

If you have any ideas, let me know.


What was your childhood like? Would you have liked the same childhood for your kids?



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