Tuesday, October 20, 2015

First world problems are actually real problems for our children

The Problem With Perfection: There's a thin line between wanting to look pretty and becoming obsessed with perfection
South Korean Photographer Shows Costs Of Plastic Surgery”, “South Korea's obsession with plastic surgery”

“Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

“‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets” http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/redshirting-kindergarten-age-kids-can-lead-to-regrets/?_r=0 

“Veteran Star Helps Shine Light On Elder Abuse” http://www.npr.org/2011/03/08/134363396/Veteran-Star-Helps-Shine-Light-On-Elder-Abuse

“Stories about eating disorders” http://www.npr.org/tags/141716010/eating-disorders


These are things that our kids have to see and witnessed as part of the privilege of living in a “first world” country, these are the issues our children are going to have to deal with in the future.

We have 9 year old girls who are super obese, and we have 9 year old girls who panic about being called fat even though they are not. We have kids obsessed with how they look in order to secure a better future. We are holding little boys back a year because we want them to “have dates and be a leader”. We treat our elderly with disdain instead of valuing their wisdom and experience. There are people in other countries who are struggling to get one meal a day and yet we waste food like nobody’s business

When does it become too much?

What message do we want to send our kids? What legacy do we want to leave them? Being a kid is not supposed to be this complicated, so let us not make it so.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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