Anxiety. Body shaming. Obesity.
The adults of today have to deal with a lot of personal health issues, whether these relate to mental or physical burdens. While society is slowly waking up to the damages caused by the decades spent to shape children to a mold of perceived perfection, it is not too late for today’s adults to change their lifestyle and thought process. Countless people have found peace by introducing new and healthy habits in their day-to-day lives. They’ve discovered the joys of fitness and the positivity of loving their body. However, more often than not, the discovery came after an extended period of pain and troubles. We’ve learned, however, our lessons, and are equipped to share them with the next generation.
Our children are still in the process of making sense of the world around them. Creating a health-focused curriculum that helps them to build a beneficial lifestyle from the start needs to become the core priority of schools. The adults of tomorrow deserve to live in a world free of fear, body shaming, and weight disorders.
Offering activities for each agility level
Not everybody has the same fitness and agility levels. While some might be naturally gifted, others need a little longer to practice and feel confident about their skills. Translated into the school universe, PE teachers need to make sure they can introduce activities that help kids to improve. Indeed, playing games can leave less agile kids in the uncomfortable position of waiting to be picked up for the teams. Nobody is going to be motivated to work out if they already are made to feel incompetent from the start. Instead, it can be beneficial to organize self-contained play rounds, such as youth basketball drills with a variety of moves and techniques to encourage everyone to learn at their pace. Adults who felt awkward during school sports are less likely to engage in fitness activities in later years. On the other hand, encouraging kids to develop their skills without embarrassing themselves can boost their self-confidence. They will be more likely to stay active as adults, as they are not going to associate sports with unpleasant memories.
90% of smokers start as kids
Smoking remains a health risk for every new generation. However, what schools need to tackle is first-time smokers, who begin as kids and carry on the unhealthy habit into adult age. Indeed, cigarettes remain one of the leading causes of premature deaths and lung-related diseases in the country. As such, schools must develop a strategy targeting young smokers. Smoking for teenagers is a matter of establishing their identity. By creating programs that explain the dangers of nicotine, many schools could help to prevent countless first-time experiences. Additionally, it isn’t too early to discuss nicotine replacement therapy and support with youth who are trying to get rid of the tobacco craving. Quitting is not easy, especially for kids who are going through a stressful time at high school. Nevertheless, providing guidance can encourage them to take back control of their lives.
Most kids don’t know how to cook
How many adults cook their meals from scratch? We live in a world where more and more people fall into the trap of convenient solutions, from takeaways to processed meals. The reason, as it happens, is often lack of time at the end of the day. However, failing to cook for your family can come at a high cost for the future health of your children. Indeed, children who didn’t grow up with home-made food are unlikely to develop skills or interests in home-cooking. Unfortunately, cooking from scratch is the healthiest option. You can’t take the risk of relying on ultra-processed foods that have been linked to premature deaths. However, if parents can’t find the time to teach their children how to cook, the responsibility needs to fall back to schools. Organizing simple cooking lessons for primary kids can significantly prolong their lives in later years.
Mental health needs to be part of the curriculum
We live in an age where mental health is not a silent topic that people try to avoid. On the contrary, we are more confident in discussing and recognizing mental health concerns. Therefore, for teachers, it should also become a regular subject to be addressed in the classroom. Many students witness their parents go through debilitating issues, from anxiety disorders to depression, as they struggle to make ends meet every month. Teachers are in a unique position to reduce the stigma and help kids understand and support each other. More importantly, talking about it can help kids who are going through a lot of issues stay in school and become financially independent adults.
Body positivity needs to be taught
Does this dress make me look fat?
It’s a simple question that every woman has asked. However, it’s a question that taps into the darkest areas of the mind, body shame. Indeed, body shaming strategies are hugely popular, not only among adults on social media but also for kids. Teenagers are especially vulnerable as puberty is the typical age when eating disorders begin to develop. Indeed, children are more likely to compare themselves to their peers and to experience negative feelings as a result. Encouraging kids to understand that healthy bodies come in a variety of shapes needs to be an integrated school program. Body shaming and body negativity begin around puberty’s age; it’s up to schools to tackle them as early as possible.
Teaching kids that failing is okay
Failure is a part of everyday life. However, a lot of adults are so scared of failing that they are unable to react when things take a turn for the worse. While no school should encourage children to fail, teachers need to make failure part of their journey to success. Indeed, getting things wrong brings knowledge and experience to improve your path. Additionally, it also develops their resilience so that they are able to carry on even though their first attempt wasn’t successful.
In conclusion, teachers are in charge of building the future generation to be mentally and physically fit. From teaching kids that mistakes are okay to developing their interest in sports regardless of their natural agility, the adults of tomorrow rely on schools to build their mental and physical resilience to an ever-changing world.