Managing Kids With Nutrition
Easy To Manage Kids...With Nutrition
At age Five my daughter came home from Kindergarten and told my mother, and I, "The kids were bouncing off the walls". The reason she said this is because she was raised as a nutrition baby. Breast fed until 3 (pump),baby food (natural), raw fruits and veggies as soon as she grew teeth (9months). What we didn't give her was: sugar, chemicals, red meat, pork, lamb, cows milk, chips, candy, products with "artificial flavor", and so on. Her diet was naturally sweetened with fruit, and fruit juices. Milk was replaced by Almond Milk. Her diet was well balanced with only natural fruits, veggies, chicken, turkey, eggs, whole grain breads, and cereals. Kids vitamins, and lot's of Distilled water.
I believe in telling her why, and how things work. She understands completely why we limit our intake of certain things, and omit others. She told us the kids at school were bouncing off the walls because she noticed it, and was able to differentiate at age Five, the difference in her behavior, compared to theirs. So much so that she was able to decide right then and there, she was not going to be like that, and it reinforced what I've taught her about sugar, and what it does to the body. (Great Book: Sugar Blues: Paper back)
She listens and responds well because she is Chemically Balanced. She rarely gets sick, and overall in general she's a charm to live with, who is very sweet, and kind. She has always been that way, and I truly cannot think of one thing about her that I can even complain about. She has never been difficult, or problematic. She is accepting, understanding, and cooperative, and loves school. She does well in school, gets great grades, applies what she learns, and maintains a great attitude.
I realize this sounds like the wonder kid, but I am not even slightly over stating it. She is a dream to live with, and grow with, and being she is my offspring, and a direct result of my education...I believe she too is happy with the results. I have developed a method of how to tell children what they need to know.
Instead of telling them what not to do, tell them what "to do". Once the habit of doing that is formed (approx. 6 months) it will become a more pleasant friendly experience, as opposed to getting yelled at over & over. I used to verbally remind her that she is Mommies good little girl. Then I would tell her what"To Do" instead of what she was doing that was wrong. She responded by switching over to what I'd tell her to do, remembering she is Mommies "Good Girl". Always with a smile, and soft voice, and tone, never raising the voice above normal.
The fact is it worked, and it still works. This reasoning method has worked with a variety of situations. Reminding her of certain positive things on a daily basis helped her to understand, and follow with a good attitude. I have also never answered her by saying, "Because I said so".
Instead I explain it to her, and allow her to understand how important it is. You can always tell when a kid feels a need to understand. The face, the sighs, the body language, the stomping, the attitude, and even more. Taking the time to explain now...saves me trouble from the "lack of" understanding later. Sometimes the "Later" can cost you double time, or more.
My daughter is now 11 years old, and growing like a weed. She is a "Low Maintenance" kid, still maintaining a great attitude. She is well liked at school, and loves doing her work. She has a zest for learning. She still maintains our usual eating habits, and is perfectly happy doing so.
There have been times she has asked for certain junk in the convenience store, and my reply is usually the same: "We don't eat that junk silly". Then I point out what she can have. Pretzels, yogurt (past the sour stage, and has needed good bacteria), certain chocolate, certain ice cream, and more. What she wanted was replaced by a better product with safer ingredients.
People wonder why they lack control with their children. The facts are before us, and have been for a very long time. You just need to know where to look. Living a nutritious life style is what will give my daughter the best fighting chance in life to defend herself in as many ways possible.
Being healthy, and chemically balanced is the foundation from which to build upon. Then you have the child's attention, they will absorb what you explain, and they will be more motivated to want to cooperate because it will make "their" lives flow smoothly. They will be more aware, and have a better comprehension level, with a longer attention span.
Needless to say, my plan worked beautifully and my daughter and I have grown well with each other, and we are also best friends. I still have no complaints to report, and I miss her every minute she is away from me. She is extremely pleasant to be around, and everyone who meets her, states the same thing, and appear to be quite taken aback by her.
I owe my peace, tranquility, and happiness with my child to nutrition...100%. It has made my life so much easier, and allowed it to be a pleasant memorable experience, as opposed to a trying one. I believe she will develop into a very valuable asset in society, and lead others down the right path as well. She is proud of who she is, and her demeanor, and personality demonstrate confidence.
The moral of the story is that she never knew what she wasn't getting. By the time she figured it out, she got to witness other kids bouncing off the walls because they were in fact "pumped" full of sugar. They were serving it in the cafeteria, donuts, cookies, and sugared juice. My daughter was able to resist temptation because of education...period. I took the time to explain it to her, then she got to see first hand and make the comparison. Thus allowing her to decide in her own mind that the information she had been given was indeed accurate.
I believe a large part of parenting is arming your children with as many facts as possible. The better informed, fore warned, and educated they are, the better fighting chance they will have for "their" future. They are the future. Tell them the truth, and don't spare any details, and don't tailor it for a child's mind unless you see they don't understand. Let fear be a guide in some areas. Once new habits are formed, the task of it becomes natural, and freely accepted.
Always remember to speak to children from a position of love, not anger. They are depending on you to guide, and educate them in everything. Yelling at a small child is completely useless. They do not understand yet, and are not able to differentiate between talking vs. yelling. The only thing yelling will do is scare them, which in turn causes alienation in certain areas of a forming relationship, among other things.
I am extremely happy with the results nutrition has brought to my families life. We are able to advance together with happiness as our main ingredient. Of course we must credit the wonderful Vitamins, and supplements that help keep us balanced too.
I'm certain we would not have achieved the harmonic balance, and results we did, had we not included them as a main component. Balancing the body sets the forum to begin the transformation, and imprint new habits on the brain. Your Brain believes everything you tell it. Start feeding it some good positive input. (Great Book: The Prescription For Nutritional Healing: One of My Nutrition Guide Books).
It is the answer, because it works. Anyone who may have read some of my articles may be aware of what I have already survived, and managed to conquer. If I can do it, anyone can.
Mathematically, I am working against the odds, because of what happened to me, and what I live with. A person who is not sick, or ailing will have even better results than I did. As with my daughters results.
The main focus of how to get kids to absorb what you are trying to tell them, starts with being balanced correctly (chemically), so that they are able to process the information properly. (Firing of brain cells, etc.) Once that is in place you may be surprised by the increased level of attention, and cooperation.
Stick to the Natural stuff...So we can have 100% All Natural Kids that can make good decisions, based on thoughts from their correctly functioning brains. Feed them full of true "Goodness", and you'll get pure goodness back. With an extra pound of love, and lot's of extra hugs.