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Raising Children: Practicing Health-Conscious Parenting

It has been said that children do not come with an unfortunate instruction manual for raising kids! Every generation of parents has faced similar yet progressive challenges. Each builds upon the knowledge and mistakes of their parents in the practice of good parenting. If we chose to make the same parenting choices there would be no progress made in advancing our skills. The bigger question is: are all changes in parenting positive or do we at times, in an attempt to progress, actually take a step back?

We all desire to raise well-rounded children who grow up to make positive contributions to our families, communities and societies. Here are thoughts on parenting that are based on the basic principle that rearing healthy kids results in a healthier mind, body and spirit and improves the overall quality of our lives:

1. Children by their nature are inquisitive; especially at the very beginning of life, virtually every experience is new to them.

  • The first smile they see
  • The first food they taste
  • The first voice they hear
  • The first thing they smell, touch and otherwise experience

Each of these experiences is developmental and culminate into milestones impacting how they will interact with the world that surrounds them.

2. Positive environments that are calm and nurturing shape the nature of a child.

3. Health-oriented parents are more likely to impart practical health tips to their children and the generations to come.

4. Good sleep habits of parents can help model positive sleep habits for children.

5. Calm and respective discussions without shouting may help kids learn to communicate more positively with their peers and future friends.

6. A family that makes exercise part of their regular routine and family fun is more likely to have kids that are health aware and like to stay active.

7. Healthy food choices such as omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), iodine and avoiding junk food are more likely to grow a child to their full physical and mental potential.

8. Exploring the world with a sense of awe when looking at nature, the sky, ocean, river and the trees around us is likely to broaden a child’s contemplation of how they fit harmoniously into the world and universe that they were born into.

Our perspectives and the environment that we make for our children are much like a gardener creating a healthy ecology for a seedling that needs the proper care and conditions to grow. We nurture our children in the best way by maintaining health-conscious lives and lead by example, creating a healthy home environment where both parents and children can thrive. Learning moderation, consideration for others, sense of work ethics and a strong connection to surrounding individuals and communities are all lessons that we can embrace from our parents.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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