The 10 Best Things About Being a Kid 50 Years Ago

Best things about being a kid 50 years ago

Playing outside until it got dark, attending Sunday School and knowing your neighbours have been named as some of the best things about being a child 50 years ago – according to the over 60s. A poll by retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone has revealed the simple pleasures that over 60’s most treasure about their childhood. 

 

Best things about being a kid 50 years ago

 

Playing outside until it got dark, having respect for your elders, knowing all your neighbours have been named as some of the best things about being a child 50 years ago – according to the over 60s in the UK

What skills have you passed on to your children and grandchildren?

New research showed that simple pleasures like good table manners, jigsaw puzzles and dominos are what the over 60’s in the UK most treasure about their childhood. Good table manners, jigsaw puzzles and dominos were also listed as cherished memories, the poll found.

table plate

61%

Good table manners
tea

21%

Making a perfect pot of tea
Fishing

10%

Baiting a fishing hook
Christmas pudding

15%

Baking a Christmas cake
Knitting

25%

Knitting
Riding a bike

45%

Riding a bike
Swimming

37%

Swimming
Playing cards

48%

Card games

What Grandparents think about Grandchildren's attitude to learning practical skills?

27.6% of respondents in the UK think that their grandparent taught them invaluable skills and they think it’s important they are passed on to their grandchildren. 79.5% answer that young people can learn a lot from the older generation. 62.2% in the UK suppose that part of being a Grandparent is passing on their skills.

The 10 Best Things About Being a Kid 50 Years Ago

What Grandparents think about Grandchildren's attitude to learning practical skills?

27.6% of respondents in the UK think that their grandparent taught them invaluable skills and they think it’s important they are passed on to their grandchildren. 79.5% answer that young people can learn a lot from the older generation. 62.2% in the UK suppose that part of being a Grandparent is passing on their skills.

Do you think being a child was more fun then than it is now?

Do you think being a child was more fun then than it is now?

27.6% of people in the UK said children were much better at making their own entertainment years ago. And 63.4% said they learned far more practical skills ‘back in their day’. Fortunately, 79.5 percent of grandparents in the UK said they passed on their wealth of knowledge to their grandchildren.

These findings were released to launch the search for GrandMakers as part of Royal Voluntary Service’s annual GrandFest – a one day festival taking place on June 18th in London. The event celebrated talented older people and the heritage skills they can pass on to the younger generation. Individuals aged 70 plus were invited to volunteer to teach at a GrandFest master-class or those age 60 plus at a GrandFest event at a McCarthy Stone development, where they were able to share, learn, or brush up on their skills in crafts such as jam making, wood turning, weaving and more.

Similar articles

70 days ago

Publishing her first novel in her 70s

Retirement stories: publishing your first fiction novel as a 72 year-old grandmother of three is quite a coup

..read more

103 days ago

Homeowner advocate programme

Our homeowners are in the know, and what’s better, they’re just a call away.

..read more

114 days ago

Has the pandemic made Brits’ relationships with their neighbours stronger?

In such a turbulent period of history, small sparks of hope, optimism and faith in the human race have begun to shine through

..read more

24 days ago

Top 11 British Hidden gems

Click here to find out about the top hidden gem locations across UK. Great for weekends away with the family or if you just want to explore the country.

..read more

508 days ago

Memoirs Of A Black Country Comedian

Homeowner Peter Bullock from Dove Tree Court in Solihull has lives a 'double life' as a schoolteacher by day and a comedian come the weekend.

..read more

75 days ago

Bringing Children's Books To Life

..read more