THOUGHTS TO P O N D E R
Talking to Kids About Bullying... Bullying is part of the child’s experience when learning how to socialize and knowing what’s right and wrong. When a child is put under the pressure of so many strangers, like in school, insecurities are increased and defenses come up, but kids usually lack enough empathy, so they take any means possible to feel confident and comfortable. As much as parents are able to, talking to kids about what to do when faced
with adversity at school is vital. It’s merely a lesson on what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s important for them to know that the people who are hurting others are the ones who are losing, that they can defend themselves if they wish but it’s better to forgive, and that there’s nothing wrong with them just because another kid is pointing out meaningless flaws.
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Increasing sport activities for children after school
By allowing our children to watch and play on the ‘idiot box’ (TV) constantly, it is inevitably bad for them and their health. Due to the vast amount of energy that they carry in comparison to adults, they need physical outlets. Fortunately, there are a growing number of sport activities that cater specifically to children. There are many schools in Jeddah that have after school sport activities, which help children become active. An added benefit is that they may discover a hidden talent for a sport! There are also many private coaches specializing in certain sports such as tennis and judo etc. Children who grow up in an active environment will boost their self-confidence, improve their concentration at school, and more importantly, may avoid major diseases in the future.
Thumbs Down to... Obesity in children
Obesity is a major problem in Jeddah due to the countless fast-food joints, unhealthy eating habits, and overall lack of exercise. It is scientifically proven that from a young age, once children start to eat healthy, they will grow up and adopt the same habits and therefore reduce their chance of heart disease. Did you know that the infamous Hardee’s Double Thick Burger has 1,250 calories in it? We are naive to these hidden calories, but by allowing your children to consume these kinds of foods on a regular basis, you are encouraging a risk of a heart attack. It is important to explain the importance of healthy eating and an active life-style to children so that they will grow up to become fit adults. 8
DJ Issue 44 - September 2012