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What are we leaving behind with the kind of children we are raising today?

What are we leaving behind with the kind of children we are raising today?

As parents, we have a responsibility to raise our children to be responsible, respectful, and compassionate members of society. However, in today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, we must ask ourselves: what are we leaving behind with the kind of children we are raising?

One of the key issues facing parents today is the impact of technology on our children’s development. While technology has its benefits, it can also have a negative impact on our children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Many children today are spending too much time on screens, which can lead to issues with attention, concentration, and social skills.

Another issue facing parents today is the pressure to succeed. Our children are bombarded with messages about the importance of success, and many of them feel that their worth is tied to their achievements. This can lead to anxiety, stress, and even depression.

Moreover, we are leaving behind a generation that is not well-equipped to deal with the challenges of the world. As parents, we must prepare our children to face the realities of life. This includes teaching them problem-solving skills, resilience, and coping strategies to deal with adversity.

We are also leaving behind a generation that is disconnected from the natural world. Many children today spend very little time outdoors, which can lead to a lack of appreciation for nature and a lack of understanding about our impact on the environment.

So, what can we do to ensure that we are leaving behind a positive legacy with the kind of children we are raising?

Firstly, we must limit our children’s screen time and encourage them to engage in activities that promote social, emotional, and cognitive development. This includes spending time outdoors, engaging in creative pursuits, and participating in team sports or other social activities.

Secondly, we must teach our children the value of hard work and perseverance, but also emphasize the importance of failure and learning from mistakes. We must show them that their worth is not tied to their achievements but rather to who they are as individuals.

Thirdly, we must prepare our children to face the challenges of the world. This includes teaching them problem-solving skills, resilience, and coping strategies to deal with adversity.

Finally, we must reconnect our children with the natural world. We can do this by encouraging them to spend time outdoors, teaching them about environmental issues, and modeling sustainable behaviors.

In conclusion, as parents, we have a responsibility to raise our children to be responsible, respectful, and compassionate members of society. We must recognize the impact of technology on our children’s development and take steps to limit screen time. We must also prepare our children to face the challenges of the world, and reconnect them with the natural world. By doing so, we can ensure that we are leaving behind a positive legacy with the kind of children we are raising.

Duru Eunice Adaku
8th April 2023

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