When I look at the men of the world today, I understand why there is so much anger and resentment toward women. Most men today have no role model to work from. Their father’s world doesn’t exist anymore. Gone is the 1950s man who provided for his family while the little woman stayed home and kept the house. The roles and responsibilities are blurred. Where Western women orchestrated and embraced the changes of the 1970s, men, for the most part, were thrust into it. What used to work, no longer does. What was acceptable, no longer is. It’s created not only resentment but confusion for many.
When we look around the world we can see other male dominated cultures starting to unravel as well. Women do not want to be held under the rule of patriarchy and just as men struggled in the United States to understand a new reality, they are struggling in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and Africa. What was once acceptable is quickly being called out as unacceptable, and rightly so.
What does it mean to be a man if the traditional roles are taken away? Men have to relearn what it means to be a man.
It’s important for everyone to stay healthy as we head back-to-school so these tips aren’t just for the kids. With a Naturopathic background, my philosophy is always prevention first. If we can avoid getting sick, that’s the best way to go.
Here are a few tips to help keep you and your child healthy:
Walk into any store and you will see Spider-Man backpacks and Princess lunch boxes and every kid dragging their parents to look at them. What kid wouldn’t want those?
All it takes though is a cursory inspection to realize that these items are more form than function. The backpacks are rarely well-made, they aren’t padded, they have few if no pockets and what they can carry is minimal. The lunch boxes are pretty much the same; small, limited and poorly constructed. But they are oh so desirable. Plus you run the risk that what’s cool today will be embarrassing in two -weeks time.
When parents ask me for insight one of the common frustrations during the school year is that their kids won’t talk to them about what they did during the day.
When asked ‘What did you do today?’ The response is more often than not, ‘nothing’ or ‘I don’t know.’
I think parents feel like their kids are intentionally holding out on them, but in truth, children tend to be pretty much in the moment. When confronted with the question ‘what did you do today’ it’s hard for them to reflect back on everything they did and boil it down into a single answer.