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What can be done to ensure that children are raised to be well-adjusted physically and emotionally? Their health is impaired by diet, lack of exercise, environmental toxins, and stress. They are subject to bullies in school, negative influences in the media, and they are pressured to grow up too fast. Given all of these impacts, discuss the factors that lead to raising healthy children. What would you do to raise your children to be well-adjusted physically and emotionally?

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In addition to the ideas discussed above, there is an argument to be made for arts instruction as part of well-rounded human development. Cultures have long honored the arts as an arena for the expression of human truth, insights, etc. 

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In addition to the ideas discussed above, there is an argument to be made for arts instruction as part of well-rounded human development. Cultures have long honored the arts as an arena for the expression of human truth, insights, etc. 

Teaching arts to students as part of their education and upbringing can help young people to explore the worlds of fine art and literature and also help students explore and express the complexities of their own inner life.

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Beyond the basic physical needs that a person needs to survive, I think the most important think a parent can do to ensure the psychological well being of their child is to show them love and give them attention.  Life is so full of problems and tasks that need to be accomplished that many kids simply don't get the attention they need to develop a proper sense of belonging.  I'm not saying that a parent should stop working to give their child attention, but the simple fact is that today's parents are much busier today than in years past and kids aren't getting the same amount of quality time with their parents. 

In addition to all the necessities of life, there are a myriad of distractions that continue to take the focus away from children.  Hundreds of cable television channels, Internet sites, social media, and smart phones continue to steal precious time away from our children.  As a teacher, one of the biggest problems I see in my students is a need for belonging, and I think a big part of that stems from a lack of attention at home.

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The best way to raise a well-rounded child is to teach the child to have a good moral center. Then you also need to give children a variety of experiences and opportunities to grow as a person. Children will be strongest if they have a good work ethic.
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Well adjusted children are frequently the product of well adjusted adults. Parents should first and foremost set an example that models a well balanced life. Teaching children how to make good choices, and then giving them enough independence that they can learn how to make good choices while the consequences of choices is not life changing is a good idea. Helping children learn, develop, and use empathy for others is essential. Balance and adjustment related directly to personal philosophy, so teaching children how to find the positive in any situation is important also.

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Raising children was never easy.  We overestimate how idyllic the past was and underestimate how good our children have it today.

Good parenting is the same now as it ever was, I think.  We have to model good behaviors for our children.  We have to set limits on what they are allowed to do so that we can prevent them from being overwhelmed with choices.  We need to, at the same time, allow them the independence that they need so that they will become responsible.  In other words, we need to walk a line between letting them do whatever they want and not giving them any choices.

Of course it’s hard.  But it’s always been hard and it always will be hard.

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