I guess the parents of these lean, marvelous looking, exuberant Siberian kid-animals didn’t get the memo that what kids need now is 24/7 hovering, being kept indoors, and fed packaged junk food.
That’s their everyday ritual at this school, for 18 years now. The temperature ranges from -10 to -30 celsius (+11 to -22 fahrenheit). To make it even more fun, they douse themselves with ice water, rub snow on themselves and lob snowballs at each other.
Do you think they’re just posing for the camera, or is it real? Check it out, a mere 25 seconds of kid laughing fun.
So much awesome. A real lesson in hormesis…and equally, the waning joy of childhood in the West.
Here’s the whole story in The Siberian Times, along with a bunch more pictures.
And for more information on how not to be a life killing, overprotective, hovering, overbearing ninny-nanny when it comes to your kids, see Lenore Skenazy at Free Range Kids. Besides, we know what you helicopter parent assholes are all about: sacrificing your childrens’ childhood joy and independent discovery and adventure, for the sake of your irrational fears—because you watch too much sensational garbage “news” on television like a drug addict, losing all perspective. You’ve allowed yourselves to become so fucking stupid when it comes to raising kids—when it ought to be the most natural thing in the world because we were all kids once! We have experience.
I was a total free range kid, and here was my no-boundaries playground. All summer long, from after breakfast until dinner. Lunch? What’s lunch? Zero parental supervision, from well before 10 years of age. There used to be an old power company dam in the river that we all played in and slid down. No flotation vests. No sunscreen. No shirts. No shoes.
From what I tend to see around and about, I’d sure hate to be a kid today, enslaved to what passes for parents—either locked up with an xBox, 6-pack of sugar water and bag of chips…or enduring the productivity schedule of a Fortune-500 CEO, being shuttled endlessly to dance practice, music lessons, sports practice, and then hours of homework to top it all off.
Disclaimer: The above is intended as a ranty generalization. I’m well aware there are still some good parents out there, else we’d all be up shit creek. The children of the bad ones will most likely become lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats, college professors, so on and so forth, so that they can get back at everyone else for their miserable childhood.