Raising a healthy, happy child might seem insurmountable, but people have been managing it since time began. It's the most natural thing in the world. The difficulty is that now we are learning an increasing amount about what does and what doesn't work, and it can make the task feel even more daunting.
In a world of too much information, this is one super simple thing that you can do to prevent some pretty catastrophic consequences.
Just remember that we are always getting better than we once were.
These days, the world seems full of things that children can't do.As the internet allows us to look up an endless stream of information, facts and opinions, it can seem difficult to know what your child is actually allowed to do. This leads a lot of people to hark back to the past.
The world used to be a much simpler place.
via: GettyChildren were seen and not heard. They knew their place. Children listened to their parents and would eat what they were given. We've all heard the phrases. But there were some other sides to that life too.
Children were separated from their parents.
via: GettyDuring World War II, children that lived in cities in England were evacuated out to the countryside, while their parents stayed in the war-torn cities. This must have been an incredibly difficult situation for them, but people don't talk about the long-term mental damage that it will have caused. People just got on with it, because it was necessary to do so.
Of course, further back, it used to be very different.In the Victorian era, children used to have to work in factories or as servants or chimney-sweeps. They had to do the jobs that adults were too big for.
This was really dangerous.
via: GettyChildren that worked cleaning the machines in the factories used to get their fingers or hair stuck in the machinery. This wasn't good even back then.
Imagine the health issues from working as a chimney sweep.
via: GettyThese days, we don't want children to come into contact with any sort of smoke, and rightly so. As pollution levels continue to rise, we need children to breathe the cleanest air possible. But it must have been terrible for children's health to be working inside an actual chimney.
People often say that it was different back in their day.
via: GettyOkay, yes, it was different, but that doesn't mean that it was better.
Boys will be boys.
via: GettyRaising the children of the world in two categories has not been a good idea. There is no reason that we should think that boys enjoy and are capable of one thing, while girls are the opposite.
We don't go hunting any more...
via: GettyBack in the Stone Age, men were stronger and would go hunting, while women would gather berries and other food stuffs while looking after the children. But now it's different.
We live in the future.These days, machinery does most of the heavy-duty work. Plus, we have social systems that allow men and women to take equal maternity and paternity leave, nurseries and childminders to look after kids, and men and women are equally capable of firing a bullet (despite the statistics that show that men should be trusted far less with firearms).
Girls and boys should be treated equally.Girls can like tractors, Lego, spaceships and racing cars. Boys can like dolls, dressing-up, and playing with a toy kitchen. Girls can grow up to enjoy maths and science. Boys can grow up to enjoy reading and painting.
But it was different in the past.Men don't feel like they can cry or share their feelings. Women don't feel like they can speak out or that they deserve a position of power. This is because of what we used to do in the past. Hopefully, this will change for the next generation. Change is often a really positive motion.
We used to eat special kids' meals.We used to think that kids should eat fried food and pizzas, because they're young and don't like vegetables. Who doesn't remember getting potato smileys and fish fingers, while the adults eat a proper meal?
Now we know the benefits of healthy living.These days, an increasing number of parents are limiting the amount of sugar that their children eat. It really is something to look out for, especially in food that is branded as healthier, like fun breakfast cereals.
The dangers of sugar.Many people have reported that once their children start eating considerably less sugar, they stop getting as many common colds, they sleep better, and they have more energy. That's aside from the fact that they stop craving junk food, have better skin and have healthier bodies. Now we have another fix, and it's a really simple one with great benefits.
How bad is TV for a child's health?We hear that too much time in front of the TV is bad for kids. Children's brains are incredibly malleable and they are learning all the time. Watching nonsense TV on repeat means that they are soaking up drivel, but the TV can also help with a lot of things.
It's about what they are watching.
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