I grew up in the 1950s and early 60's, and yes, things were simpler then. I grew up with 3 channels on the television and it went off the air at night and came on in the morning.
Unless it was raining, we were outside playing until called for dinner or it got dark. We walked to stores alone, we walked to school alone, we played in the dirt, we explored and learned. We made forts and castles out of big boxes or a card table covered with a sheet. We used our imagination to color our life.
Moving to Ecuador in 2013, we found a similar life. Children are allowed to be children. Things will get done, maybe not immediately, but eventually. No stress in our life here.
Life since the 50s has grown at a rapid pace and I realize we can't slow it down in many ways. But we can take time to sit quietly, preferably outside where we can view nature. Relax, listen to the sounds, observe the trees and other things around you. It's worth it!