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I wish I had children playing … but if I think about it, it has been a very long time since I saw any kids jumping rope. Maybe it isn’t popular anymore? I know when I was growing up, it was one of the basics along with “tag,” “hide and seek,” and “potsy (hopscotch).” Times change. Maybe they are all inside playing video games nowadays.

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  1. i didnt learn to jump rope until we moved to the city, but oh how I loved it. I can remember Double Dutch, sometimes with two girls jumping in at once. Im still amazed we didnt all hang ourselves. What I loved about it, looking back, was the sense of cooperation and timing that we all had to show, to get the kid in the middle without garroting her.


    • It was WAY beyond my athletic skills. I could but admire those who could, but foot coordination has never been my strong suit. I was pretty good on a horse, but that is more balance and timing — which IS a strong suit. I was also a really good ping-pong player, but couldn’t play tennis at all. My abilities are/were highly selective 🙂


  2. Great ropes for this week Marilyn. Thanks for playing. 😀


  3. We called it skipping in London. It was the best game as a kid. It cost nothing except for the price of a rope and it was our street game. I rarely see it today.


    • I know what you mean. There was always an old piece of laundry line somewhere and jump rope was one of the basics. They actually call it skipping rope in other parts of the country and if you said it here, everyone would still understand you. Some things don’t change much.

      I don’t see kids playing outdoors much except in organized groups. They don’t seem to be allowed to just “go out and play.” Which was one of the few really good parts of being a kid, those long hours when you were out of the house, out of the sound of mom calling you and you had nothing to do and no place you had to be until the streetlights came on … but you had to be home before the streetlights. It was a fundamental law of kidhood 🙂


  4. Seems to have died out since then though. I used to watch children at play with envy, so wild and carefree. Now it seems as though everyone is too scared to let children be children and play. They keep them indoors to keep them “safe” but allow them to play computer games of death and destruction. What went wrong with the world and where did all the freaks come from?

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    • That is also my impression. The problem with this is that scared parents produce timid children. I think kids NEED to get out and get some physical play time.

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      • Marilyn, I really couldn’t agree more with your view. While we do have a duty to protect our children seems it’s been taken too far. If we encourage our children to stay indoors and fear the outside world then that doesn’t allow them to develop social skills. As you said it also makes them timid and scared.
        We have to take back our neighbourhoods and make them havens for our children to play and develop. That in turn makes them better capable to deal with life and then society will benefit.


  5. Jumping rope was still very popular with kids back in the 80’s, mainly with girls… and thanks to all of my sisters, I knew all the old playground jump rope songs. Most of them were surprisingly explicit and/or politically incorrect for innocent little kids to be reciting at the tops of their lungs, but that’s how we rolled back in my day…


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