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My Parenting Mantra
The feeling of being a mom is unique and completely selfless. Right from the time you get to know you are pregnant. All the nausea and mood swings are totally forgotten when you are able to feel that one flutter, one movement, one kick. All the pains that you have gone through just minutes before cannot be felt when you see the cute little face of our baby for the very first time.
Once the baby is in your arms, every parent envisions the very best for their child(ren). Parenting involves looking after the physical and emotional, intellectual and social development of the child till they are adults. Each of these aspects are very important and go hand in hand. I believe a lot in gentle parenting and my parenting mantra on the emotional and mental development closely revolve around it.
Today I shall touch up on the physical aspect of parenting and share my mantra on how to raise healthy children. Every parent wants to raise healthy kids. But raising healthy kids in this fast-paced and high-tech world with so many fast food options, devices taking over outdoor games, nuclear family set-ups might seem like a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be the challenge it seems if you follow these simple tips
Eat healthy including immunity boosting and memory improving foods
Kids don’t always like to eat only healthy. Expecting them to eat only fruits and vegetables and stay away totally from their favorite junk of chips, chocolates, pizzas and burgers is not practical.
So, allow them to have these occasionally along with a good balanced diet.
Citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, yogurt, turmeric, papaya and other fruits help boost the immunity. Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, kalonji or black seeds, beetroot are memory boosting foods
So include these in their diet to get healthier and sharper.
Help them focus by practicing meditation and breathing techniques
Attention span and focus is required by children as they are growing, at school as well as play. But children have a very small attention span and often cannot focus for long. So, start helping them with this from an early age. Simple breathing techniques and short meditative sessions help, not only in focusing better but also calms them and helps their imagination.
My favorite kind of meditation with them is where I tell them to close their eyes while I’m talking. I tell them to imagine they are in a particular place like a beach, forest, hill and then describe the scene to them and ask them to visualize. I do this for 2-5 mins and once we are done I ask them to draw what they imagined. They love doing this exercise.”
Make them help in household chores for some physical activity
Kids love to take brooms, a dusting cloth, a mop and imitate us. Make use of their curiosity and teach them few age appropriate house-hold chores. Cleaning/dusting their toys, keeping their clothes/ socks and shoes in the cupboards, watering plants, arranging their bookshelves are some simple activities. Along with learning these, it will help them get some physical activity in the house along with inculcating some responsibility in them too.
Inculcate passion for sports
Play some sport as a family, watch sports together and create an interest in sports. There is so much evidence of how sports helps – not just physically but in personality development too. Physically it helps in getting better strength, speed, skill, stamina and flexibility. It helps develop a positive sportsman attitude, helps release pressure in a positive way, teaches them problem solving abilities and much more. Video games and devices have reduced the interest in outdoor activities these days. But a passion for sports makes them want to spend more time outdoors which eventually helps reducing device time too.
Our current favorite sports are basketball and badminton
Over medication is something some parents are guilty of. The moment there is a sneeze, a cough, mild temperature they run to a doctor or give them the regular prescribed medicines. I too have been guilty of over-panicking especially in the initial months of my first baby. Luckily, I had my mom controlling me and explaining how these small symptoms help to build the immunity and if treated immediately adversely elects the immune system in the long run. So, please do not over medicate for the basic illnesses like cold, coughs and mild fever. There are many tried home- remedies that will help children feel comfort at the same time not adversely affect the immune system. At the same time don’t use home-remedies for everything. Choose a doctor who understands you and together decide how to go ahead.
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