September 10, 2021

On today's show Adrian and Ethan discuss children's eye health and safety. Later, they talk about raising compassionate children and teaching them charity and volunteering.

This year, eye safety is more important than ever before.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and adults alike are spending more time in front of a computer screen than ever before. Children are taking school classes at home virtually, while many parents are still working from home. That means increased screen time, and the potential for eye damage if you're not careful.

75-90% of learning in a classroom occurs through the visual system. If the visual system is not working properly, it can seriously impact a student’s ability to succeed.

It has been estimated that 25% of ALL children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their performance in school. According to research of disabled populations, the number of kids with significant learning related vision problems can soar closer to 85% in these studies.

When a child has difficulty focusing or cannot see things clearly, their learning and attention can suffer. In fact, the American Optometric Association estimates that 60% of learning disabilities are associated with vision problems.

Today, the world has the largest generation of young people in history. All kids are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion.

Children are born to be givers.

It’s amazing that kids can and do change the world, despite the fact that they have essentially no financial or political power. What inspires kids is heart, but what empowers them is adult support.

Teaching kids about charity can be rewarding for both parents and the children. Learning about giving and helping others gives children a feeling of empowerment in an uncertain world where unexpected and frightening events happen. A great way to reinforce charitable values is to make giving a family activity.