Mom of 4 Showed What Childhood Is Like Without TV and Gadgets

Niki Boon began taking photos as a hobby while living in Scotland. However, she later had to give it up because of changing life circumstances. Her passion for photography rekindled after she settled in one of the rural areas in New Zealand and gave birth to four children. Boon started to observe how her kids interacted with nature and perceived the world around them, and this became a major source of inspiration for her art.

Niki called the photo series of her four children’s technology-free life “Childhood in the Raw.” With the author’s permission, we at LikeAble publish some of the photos that impressed us the most.

“My kids live without TV and modern electronic devices.”

© Niki Boon

“This is a lifestyle that may seem a bit unconventional to some…

© Niki Boon

…but I’m so happy that I chose to live in this magical place with my family.”

© Niki Boon

“I document their days in an environment full of nature and uninhibited play.”

© Niki Boon

“It’s the physical record of their childhood, life as it is…

© Niki Boon

…the reality.”

© Niki Boon

“And it’s also a reflection of a childhood rooted deep in my own past…

© Niki Boon

…when I enjoyed absolute freedom.”

© Niki Boon

“It’s a childhood I now pass on to my own children.”

© Niki Boon

“I really want others to recall some aspect of their own childhood through my photos.”

© Niki Boon

“I believe it is best when my children come home all covered in mud.”

© Niki Boon

“They run and play wherever they want and live in harmony with nature.”

© Niki Boon

“They belong here — wild and free…

© Niki Boon

…and nothing stands between their young souls and nature.”

© Niki Boon

“Living in the countryside involves lots of work, that’s true…

© Niki Boon

…but it’s great for the kids to gain a sense of what it is to have to work to enjoy what we have.”

© Niki Boon

“They learn where our food comes from and about life and death.”

© Niki Boon

“They perceive and fully understand this world and learn important, yet not always easy, life lessons.”

© Niki Boon

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