Where did March go?!
Here is a recap as we close down March and head into April:
We explored why Denmark is the happiest country in the world- according to the Happiness Index. Dr. Lalite Kishore suggested that in order to make the world a happier place, we need to implement a “happier” learning system, and others agree. When students are unhappy, disengaged, or bored, there are more likely to instances of unruly behavior, destruction of things and bullying. “Many educators have taken the implications of the report seriously in the last few years and have tried some interventions such as Happiness Education, Learning for Happiness and Child-Friendly Education and Child-Centric Education to increase the School Happiness Index by charting it and taking mid-course corrections.”
Hlabangani Mtshali and Riana Joubert discussed why it is so important that parents teach children the proper methods to deal with anger. Often children who are bullied act out in the same manner in which they were treated. ““A child who is bullied himself by others or treated aggressively at home or in the community often turn to bullying..” Mtshali and Joubert also note that when parents are unsure of how to help or teach children how to cope with their anger it can lead to anger and aggression.
The impact of sexual abuse is profound. Kennith Kensiger studies these effects and has classified the stages of trauma resulting from sexual abuse of children. “This kind of abuse results in the following: pervasive amounts of mistrust, doubt and shame, guilt, inferiority, role diffusion, isolation, stagnation, despair, and dread and decay. In other words, they become significantly developmentally arrested; and none of this is their fault!”
Every day is a journey of self discovery for children (and some adults, too!) Regardless of age or gender, every child must play and grow at their own pace and in their own fashion- literally! “No one knows how many of these kids there are or whether any one kid will grow up to be gay, straight or transgender. But parents and health professionals, who are increasingly embracing the idea that these kids need to be accepted exactly as they are, say there’s a lot of advice they can offer to parents embarking on what can seem like a perilous journey.”
And finally we remember Honor the Miniature Therapy Horse! This little guy visits kids and families in pediatric hospitals and gives them a small reprieve from the scary reality of being sick or injured. “The goal is always to humanize the health care environment for our patients and families and for ourselves… The power of doing that with an encounter in an animal … it’s very, very special.”
As always, thanks to our readers! See you in April!