Raising Children in modern Britain – a Hindu perspective
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1 in 25 teens in Britain suffers from depression. 35% of girls and 10% of boys suffer from eating disorders. Why is this happening?
The British society is one of plenty, where education is a basic human right, and where children are protected and prioritised (relatively), and yet we see more children and young adults suffering from mental distress.
What is going wrong in our society? But not all communities suffer equally. We know that children who live in extended families; those that are introduced to physical exercise, yoga and meditation; and those that have a close relationship with grandparents are more likely to lead healthier lives. The Hindu community in Britain is an example of what it takes to raise psychologically healthy children who have flourished academically and have some of the lowest rates in crime and anti-social behaviour.
What can our understanding of child psychology tell us? What can Hindu values offer the rest of British society?