In the corporate world there is such a thing called the ‘balanced scorecard,’ which is a way of measuring how well your company is doing based on areas that are not just the financial bottom line, but also employee and customer satisfaction and how efficiently you do business. The idea, of course, is to balance success in all areas with each other. Similarly, we can recognize that a happy life is measured by development in many areas of life, not just one. Here’s how a human life’s scorecard might look and what kind of guidance a child might benefit from in each area:
Physical Health: success in this area includes children learning how to care for their body (grooming, cleaning), healthy eating and sleeping habits, activity as a way to enjoy themselves and stretch their body, to look at their body as a tool that needs to be well maintained to serve them well.
Emotional Health: success in this area includes children learning how to respect their emotions rather than feel embarrassed or inconvenienced by them, how to manage their emotions and act constructively, how to respond to other people’s emotional reactions.
Mental Health: success in this area includes children learning to love learning, testing themselves, helping them learn to improve and enable their own ability to concentrate, study skills, problem solving, knowing when to take a break.
Social Health: success in this area includes children learning how to communicate so they can be understood, how to deal with peer pressure in a realistic way, building confidence and trusting themselves, how to honor differences while respecting one’s own point of view, awareness of how they present themselves and what they’re getting back from others as a result, compassion and empathy for others.
Spiritual Health: success in this area includes children exploring not just a relationship with God (or whatever you choose to call the greater process) but also with their own sense of divinity and greater purpose, and discovering a sense of priorities outside of the physical realm. This is a process that can work within or completely without formal religion.
To continue with the series, click on Parent-Child Synastry by Amy Herring.Copyright, Kiddiegram.com, 2008