“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
It is that time of the year when everyone is revealing their AtoZ Themes. The AtoZ challenge championed by BlogChatter in India is very interesting.
What is the AtoZ Challenge? It is a global daily blogging challenge scheduled for the month of April. As part of this challenge, 26 blog posts are posted, following the alphabet, which means something has to be posted every Monday through Saturday, with Sundays being break days.
This is the first time I am going to participate in the AtoZ challenge. It makes me really concerned how the physical and mental problems are going to impact our children in the coming years. The lifestyle, climate, hygiene and food habits affect our children enormously. Having said that, my theme for the 26 posts is on the Physical and Mental Health of Children. This ain’t going to be easy especially when it comes to the letters X and Z. Have not thought of these letters yet.
Usually, a healthy child’s development starts even before it is conceived. The parent’s genes and health play an important role. This continues through most of the prenatal period. Once the baby is delivered, things like breastfeeding, safety and sleep are a major concern. There are back to back appointments which in turn are followed by toilet training, an introduction of solid food and dentist visits. But amid all this, a child can get sick. Some children fall ill, get infections or tooth decay while the other may be born with a health problem like a cleft lip or some sort of malformation, while few may suffer from major ones like cancer and other rare diseases.
A good and healthy mind enables the child to lead a healthy life. A child’s health can be affected by many things like events at home and school. Depression, stress, anxiety, loss, grief, and issues with body image can all affect a child’s emotional and mental well being. We as adults don’t realise that we are going through depression or anxiety, then how can children recognise these. Agreed that anxiety and sadness are often labelled as normal emotions which helps a child to act. This may be healthy but what is not healthy is when these feelings grow out of proportion, become irrational, excessive and a part of the daily life.
Through the 26 posts, I shall walk you through the various aspects of a child’s physical and mental well being. Looking forward to participating and reading your feedback, comments and posts.
All the best to everyone #AtoZChallenge #ThemeReveal