Children Are Facing Low Quality of Life
The economy is negatively affecting our children. What can we do to combat financial struggles and keep our children happy?
By Kaylee Davis, Sentinel Intern
21 percent of United States children are projected to be living below the poverty line in 2010, reportedly the highest rate in 20 years. This abnormally high poverty rate is directly correlated with a decline in American children's quality of life.
Poverty also negatively affects food availability, often forcing families to choose lower quality food options, increasing childhood obesity as well as obesity for all family members.
These distressing figures have left families scrambling to pick up the pieces and provide their children with some stability despite trying financial times. Not only should families work to provide children with healthier food options on a budget, they also need to take direct steps in order to improve their children's quality of life.
This calls for familial traditions- a family movie or board game night or a night of scary storytelling under the stars. Parents and other family members should make a concerted effort to add joy to their children's lives. A child's joy does not always require money but rather attention, imagination, and love.
In the spirit of the classic song, the children are indeed our future. Their quality of life should not suffer, even in the midst of a poor economy. A little adult creativity can go a long way in a child's life.
While parents and other family members work towards making the children happier, they may find they themselves happier as a result. Family traditions benefit the whole family. Strong bonds and fun, money-saving activities can leave everyone with a lighter mood.
So take a moment and reflect on a free or almost-free activity that you and your family can enjoy together, and watch your children and others reap the benefits.