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The Golden Age

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on Monday, 02 December 2013
When you get a moment to breathe, collapsed on a playground bench watching the children play, have you ever noticed which age group looks the most happy?

It may be a generalisation if little Olly is still a little self-conscious at the age of seven, but his peers apparently are less so. By this stage, a child is also most energetic, engaged with life, open to new experiences and most in awe and wonder about the world.

The Galaxy Research Poll surveyed parents to reveal that joy, energy and innocence peak between the ages of six and nine, before children start worrying about what their friends think, or how they look.

Up until this golden age, a child seeks the attention of a parent over anyone else. The apron strings are still tightly bound and home is the safest and most secure environment (you could also include their attachment to Nanny V).

Dr Justin Coulson, author of the study suggested “…there’s a beautiful period between six and nine when the world is just wonderful”.

“Most children have boundless energy and lust for life – something that deteriorates as we become older and perhaps more jaded,” he adds.

A seven year old has had a few years to test boundaries, explore and learn the lay of the land. No doubt it’s the onset of lifelong discovery, but it’s also a time when risk is not so conscious, nor critical.

Consequences are a relative novelty so the sweetness of the uninhibited soul shines through. Like a perfect blend of innocence and enthusiasm.

Gosh, I want to be seven again. Though no miracle Freak Friday body swap possible. As the adult I do however, get to relish the beauty and live vicariously through someone else’s golden age.

And just because Olly may not be as vibrant as the statistics suggest he should be, his timing is no cause for concern. If anything, it’s part of what makes him delightfully pure and in no hurry to race through childhood.




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