Benefits from ChildhoodToday not only adults but also children suffer from excessive stress, which has been related to a number of diseases such as depression, heart disease and cancer. Scientists believe that our ability to manage stress is formed in childhood through a combination of delightful and pleasant experiences with parents and grandparents. Moreover, recently the tragic incidents such as kidnapping and chain-murder have cast a shadow of doubt over our children's lives. This pervasive sense of insecurity caused us to re-evaluate what is most important to our lives and our families. We instinctively reach out to our families for comfort. I firmly insist that parents should give children a sense of strength, security and faith. So I'd like to talk about my childhood and then mention two kinds of benefits from my childhood to help our children. The beautiful memories I have of my childhood give me great pleasure and comfort whenever I feel depressed or I want to get refreshed. And I think it is necessary that we provide our children with those warm-hearted feelings and memories to help them to deal with their stressful lives for the future. I had spent about 7 years in the countryside since I was three years old. Those years were enough time to enjoy the wonderful Nature and childhood. My house was surrounded by endless rice fields, a small mountain and a narrow creek. I found many things to play with here and there. The nature was my playgound. In spring, I went out holding the basket with my friends to pick young herbs. In summer, I spent all day in the river, just after breakfast. I rushed to the river and I forgot to eat lunch. And then I could see the smoking chimneys from a distance. That was the sign for time to go back home. When winter came, it was my world. On snowy days, I climbed the mountain with a sled. Another thing to enjoy in winter was playing on the ice in the river. I must have been dangerous but we didn't feel insecure. It was exciting and thrilling. From my memories, another precious thing was my grandmother's unconditional love and care. Both of my parents went out for their work so they had less time to take care of me. At that time she was willing to live with us together and took great care of me. Everytime my grandmother stood by me and supported me. I can't forget her big smile with wrinkled hands patting me. Waiting for mom and dad, I used to fall asleep in her arms with her nursery songs. After those times I also had many memories of traveling to her house or of her coming to our house, cooking special meals and just being together and enjoying each other. First benefit from my childhood was nature itself. In today's high-tech world, most children don't take enough time to enjoy nature. I believe that living in the nature nourishes our children in countless ways. The certainty that each year the snow will melt and make the way for spring and that green leaves of summer will changed into red and brown, provide vital insight to our purposeful life. Second benefit I got was grandmother's unconditional love. More and more children are raised in families where both parents work. Economic pressures make this situation hard to escape. So the world of our children features daycare-center, Nintendo, shopping malls, instant meals, and unkind neighborhoods. They just hope eating dinner together, observing birthday and holidays or reading bedtime stories every night. I think nothing is more important to your family than establishing a good relationship. However if you can't find enough time for them because of your work, ask your parents for help. Grandparents' love can be a valuable supplement to parents' love. So I recommend we should go back to the great tradition which maintains a bond among family members.