CHILDREN SHOULD GROW UP IN THE COUNTRYSIDE 4
Childrenshould grow up in the Countryside
Childrenshould grow up from the countryside
Thecountryside is the best place to bring up children than in the cityor big towns. Proponents of bringing up children in the city thinkthat cities have more opportunities for young people than in thecountryside. While it is obvious that cities are likely to offermore opportunities in issues such as better standards of education,nurturing talent, and many others, life is more than that. With thegrowth of pollutants and the rising concerns over climate change anddiseases caused by environmental hazards, the country is the bestplace to bring up children.
Indeedthe city has certain advantages that make some people prefer them tothe countryside as places to bring up children. A city child has theopportunity to choose which ballet school to attend, exposed todifferent art or science schools before they finally discover whatthey are good at, and take part in modern gymnastics. Theseopportunities prepare them to face the real world better than thecountryside child.
Healthis an important aspect of children’s growth. It would be sad tohave a child who has access to all that a city can offer while thesame child has a big risk of suffering from a respiratory disease dueto extreme air pollution from a city factory(Ashton, 1992). Theenvironment in the country is clean for children. This is not to saythat the country is absolutely unpolluted, but the level of pollutionin most cities does not provide a safe environment for children toplay around. For example, in early 2015, there was a news feature onAljazeera about children who suffer from bone cancer and otherailments in an African city after being exposed to lead and otherhard metals. The affected children often played around a vacatedfactory site that manufactured car batteries. This is a problem thatis unlikely to occur in the countryside because factories areunlikely to establish their plants there for economic reasons.
Inthe city, factories are not the only source of environmentalpollution. Automobiles especially cars are a huge source of airpollution. Speaking of cars, they are also the greatest reason forsedentary lifestyles for children while on holiday. Unlike in thecountryside, children growing up in the city majorly depend on themodern gym to exercise. In the countryside, they can spend timewalking and exercising together with their peers. A city child spendsmost of their watching television, playing video games, and atschool. In the countryside some of this time is spent on walkingaround to meet friends and also engaging in traditional activitiessuch as hunting.
Therelationship between children and their parents is also likely to behealthier in the countryside than in the city. There are no trafficjams and many commitments in the countryside. An upcountry parent islikely to have more time with their children than a city parent. Nowthat children need a lot of parental guidance at a young age, theupcountry side will therefore, get a lot of it. A city child spendsmore time with a teacher more than their parent. This explains whythe modern parent is increasingly shocked by the behavior of childrendue to losing touch with them.
Inconclusion, the countryside is the better place to bring up childrenthan the city. City children have more opportunities than countrysidechildren, but they live in an environmentally unhealthy environmentthat. Children need more time with their parents and the countrysideoffers plenty of that time. A sedentary lifestyle is one of thereasons for increased cases of obesity. The countryside providesmany opportunities for exercising rather than just the gym.
Ashton,J. (Ed.). (1992). Healthycities.Philadelphia: Open University Press.