Children's health, obesity, stress, sheltering, over exposure: what is good for children?
What is healthy for our children?
Growing up as a child I was naïve. Is it really a good idea to be overprotected? There are two sides to this debate and both I feel are equally valid, but maybe there's a middle ground. After all, everything is good in moderation.
I'm sure my mother meant well to sheild her two youngest daughters from harm, as the older ones got into some deep trouble. Does it help though, but suppressing your child so much they don't learn early on about real life and street smarts?
Exercise and Play
I think it's very important kids exercise and have fun outside in the fresh air! They can play ball, and shoot hoops, and play tag and ride bikes, play jump rope, like we did. I'm very disappointed when I hear about the obesity in children today which is unnecessary- due to lack of exercise and eating snacks while playing video games. They may be a factor in that much of food today is filled with ingredients designed to make us more hungry, and addicted to those ingredients. In Food Inc, we hear about corn syrup in almost every food, disguised as maldextrin, glucose, and many other names. Very little of our food is "healthy" anymore. Fast food joints also don't help.
Today, we have a fear of disciplining our children. We are more afraid of them than they are of us sometimes. We spoil them. The idea of physical (very light) spankings is prohibited. So we put them in the corner or give them a time out. It must be complicated for many moms and dads to know how to do this discipline, especially if they didn't receive it themselves. I am definitely NOT in favor of beating children but a light tap orspank can do them some good as they don't really understand all the time. For instance, if your child ran into the street, wouldn't you spank them out of love, to show them that it's a bad thing? This is up for debate, feel free to comment.
Why all the lack of attention? Why put children in front of tvs all the time? They learn better when you read to them. Is it lack of time? Make time or perhaps quit the extra job. Less money is less fun but more time is better overall for children.
Do you want strangers raising your children? Should we avoid daycares as much as possible, especially when abuse can happen there? What helped us as kids? Go back in time....