Who will raise the children? There is a new study out which claims that it is not really an advantage to have a parent who helps with their child’s homework. There are other studies which conclude that parents really don’t make the right decision when it comes to their children’s health. There are studies that support parental involvement. When parents talk to children about school, expect them to do well, and make sure that out of school activities are constructive, the children perform better in school. Some studies conclude that people without kids are happier. Yet another study concluded that the government (administrators and politicians ) were better able to instruct the children on how to live their lives. Should we just give up our children to the state?
I am not a proponent of this brave new world where everyone thinks the same and is taught to act the same, and believe the same. It is true that we have lost much of the old knowledge which was passed on from generation to generation? Single parents try to raise kids on their own without extended family. Legislative and political pressure has taken many of the choices away. If children are not raised conforming to all the rules and laws they are more easily taken away from their parents. Who is to say that the “state”, or even the pediatrician, really know best. What happened to mother or father know best. I hope parents don’t stop teaching their children what it takes for wellness. What it takes for optimal well-being, not just a better test score.
Unfortunately parents have slowly given over the care of their children to the experts. Many of the experts really do not have a clue what is healthy and good for children. The biggest problem that I see is that society in general has lost sight of the individual so that we can all get along. Pills, surgery, vaccinations and medical procedures take precedence in our society. I am saddened by the fact that many people do not know what it is to feel healthy and well, we just accept that we are told that “this is it” or “the best we can expect at this age”. This is good for the “herd mentality” where everyone gets in line. Let’s work to be well despite what “they say”.