So it has been almost a year since my first and last blog entry, which wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I set this up!
The work required to study full time with two young children is intense, this past year has been one of the most difficult I can remember since… I can’t remember.
My decision to go back to university as a mature student has been a drain on our family in so many ways. Not only financially, but also in the amount of quality time we have to spend together, the amount of patience we have left over at the end of our days out at school, work, childminders and university and the state of our house and washing baskets.
It’s a confusing impact considering I am studying children, childhood and families. On the one hand looking in fine detail at what sets children up for a good happy life. On the other hand, being away from my children so much it hurts in order to study it.
I’m about to begin year 3, my final year and time for The Big Research Project. Over the past two years I’ve filled my mind with a lot of new knowledge and perspectives. There is no doubt this is contributing positively to my mothering skills.
I’m going to try and blog a little more regularly this year, at the same time I wonder if it will be possible. I’m dreading starting back at university and the tightly packed schedule starting up again. Everything from what we eat for dinner, to what we are wearing, to how we find time to laugh together has to be pre-planned with meticulous precision. Up and out the door with all our packed lunches, PE kits, homework, laptops, sunhats, wellies, coats, scooters, car keys and parking change. Our situation is not novel, families do it every day. It feels truly difficult at times though.
Anyway, I now present to you the second essay from my first year, which is about risk aversion and how it impacts children’s lives in our Western society.
It’s a hot topic, my news feeds keep telling me stories of parents being arrested and children placed in care due to neglectful situations. Some truly horrific and some debatable, such as popping into a shop with a child left in the car outside for a few minutes, or allowing children to play in the park by themselves.
I found it very interesting to read up on and put together, hope you do too!
What is meant by risk aversion and how does it affect the quality of children’s lives in contemporary Western societies?
Children in contemporary western society have lost three years freedom of movement in the last nineteen years (Gill, 2007). Risk aversion influences every aspect of our children’s lives whether at school, at clubs and activities, using technology and even playing socially in the local park. As this topic is so far reaching this essay concentrates on discussing two contemporary areas of key risk concern in relation to primary school children aged between 5 and 11 years old. The two areas discussed are strangers and children’s playgrounds. This essay defines what is meant by risk aversion, investigates the originations of concerns and looks at the effects of trying to avoid risk on the lives of children in contemporary Western society.
Risk is defined as ‘a situation involving exposure to danger’. Aversion is defined as ‘a strong dislike or disinclination’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014). Humans are compelled to try and avoid exposure to danger, injury and loss of people and things that are precious to them.