reply to post by boymonkey74
I used to be pretty much indifferent to children, I suppose it's because I was never really around them much.
In fact I think its possibly fair to say I used to see them as an inconvenience and only noticed when they were crying or playing up.
Though my daughter strongly disagrees I know I was a poor father.
I was far too busy working, making money from 'other' means or pursuing my own interests most of which involved pubs, clubs and anywhere else other
I now have a Grandson and am fortunate to spend a lot of time with him.
As a result I have come to cherish and thoroughly enjoy my time with him.
And now there is nothing better I enjoy than watching children playing, being happy or simply going about their business in the way children do. There
are few things I have experienced that can compare.
But unfortunately its a fact of life that adult males are actively discouraged from showing any sort of liking for children's company.
Any that do so are immediately labelled nonces and are at best ostracized or at worst beaten and victimised.
And to be fair I can understand that reaction - every day we pick up the paper or turn on the news and yet another case of abuse or paedophilia is
I heard of a case recently where a man had been noticed regularly attending a children's playground.
The police were called, he was told to go away. People found out where he lived and he was targeted.
In the meantime the man constantly stated that the only thing he was guilty of was enjoying watching children play and be happy.
Now I can sympathise with the man for it is truly a marvellous thing to watch children play - but I also understand why the parents would be more than
just a little concerned, you simply can't be too careful nowadays.
And that is a damning indictment on the society we live in today.
I don't know for definite if that story is true or not - I can imagine it being true and it sums up the predicament many parents find themselves
And it is having a far reaching impact on society as a whole.
Its got to the point where male family members are afraid to show any sort of outward affection to their children / nephews / nieces etc.
And as has been pointed out fewer and fewer males are taking up roles within education and social services etc - primary education is becoming the
sole reserve of females.
Now many 'forward thinking progressives' may view that as a good thing but an all female teaching staff will be as counter productive as an all male
This could easily, in fact probably will, have a far reaching effect on society as a whole.
I don't have the answers.....but something needs to be done.
But until society in general accepts that there is a problem this worrying trend will continue unabated.