It’s hard to measure a child’s quality of life. Is he or she being Fed/ Educated? Valued? Loved? It all depends on a number of factors, both tangible and intangible.
A UNICEF study sets out to assess the well-being of children and adolescents among industrialized nations by measuring the way each country protects and nurtures its youth, according to six dimensions of well-being.
#1 Material Well Being
#2 Health and Safety
#4 Family and Peer Relationships
#5 Behavior and Risks
#6 Subjective Well Being
I hope these six dimensions of well-being are not listed in the order that UNICEF feels is the most important but a overall grouping of things kids need.
I would want the following for my children:
# 1 How they feel about themselves – their own well being
#2 Family and Peer Relationships
#3 Behavior and Risks
#4 Health and Safety
#6 Material Well Being
Would it surprise you to know that these countries were the top hit in each category?
#1 Material Well Being – Sweden
#2 Health and Safety – Sweden
#3 Education – Belgium
#4 Family and Peer Relationships – Italy
#5 Behavior and Risks -Sweden
#6 Subjective Well Being – Netherlands
Where was the USA?
12th in Education – 17th in Material Well-Being – 20th in Family and Peer Relationships – 20th in Behaviors and Risks – 21st in Health and Safety – 21st in Subjective Well-being
It would be interesting to see where most CCK’s or TCK’s find themselves in this list of things they need. Perhaps they take somethings for granted, like their material well being? Or the fact that they will have a very good education at an international school? Or that their embassy, company or etc. is always looking after their Health and safety issues.
To me the big question is where do these TCK’s (CCK’s) place their Family and Peer relationships!