Helping children to thrive starts with the parents! How do you talk to your kids? What do you focus on daily to help them?
We make so many decisions every single day that it can become overwhelming.
For moms, you hear lots of people talk about self-care. If mom is running on a half-empty gas tank, she won’t have much left to give to her kids.
So, what’s really important is helping parents AND children thrive. If mama ain’t happy, nobody happy! Amirite?
Before we jump in, answer this question.
What’s the #1 way to help your child thrive?
- Proper Nutrition
- Quality Time
You’ll have to read on to find the answer, in the meantime let’s go over each option.
Helping Your Child Thrive With Proper Nutrition
Be honest, how often do you hit up the drive-thru to grab a quick dinner on your way home? We get it. We are all busy people and sometimes the last thing you want to do when you get home is make dinner. But proper nutrition comes with lots of short-term and long-term benefits:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Improve mood
- Stabilize energy
- Provide the proper vitamins and minerals
When we talk about proper nutrition, what do we mean?
First, start with breakfast! Protein, protein, protein. A well-balanced breakfast starts your day with a win. Protein can help your kids stay fuller longer so they aren’t ready to snack right away.
Second, make mealtimes a priority! Do you sit around the tv during dinnertime? It’s easy to snack when you’re watching tv. Eat as a family around the dinner table, and make an effort to turn off electronics. Not only will you be able to eat better meals while at the table but you can enjoy some distraction-free time together as well.
Third, snack on more fruits and veggies! Yes, you read that correctly! Teach your kids to love fruits and veggies from a young age and it will make it easier down the road. The trick is getting your kids involved. Let them choose a different fruit or veggie each week until they find their favorite and go wild from there.
Bonus: Find a good multivitamin. It’s hard getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet, so a good daily multivitamin can help make up the difference.
Helping Your Child Thrive With Exercise
We all know that exercising is good for us, I mean there’s a reason why it’s usually a top New Year’s Resolution. But knowing and doing are two very different things!
Ready to kill two birds with one stone? Exercise WITH your kids! Help create new habits while teaching your kids along the way.
Regular exercise for your kiddos can help them develop their physical health, improve their brain function, and impact their emotional well-being.
Physical activity for kids also:
- Can help kids create relationships and bond with teammates
- Create a more positive body image
- Keeps the body strong and healthy
- Improves mental health
- Improves focus
- Improves sleep
- Improve energy levels
And on and on.
Helping Your Child Thrive With Quality Time
Back in 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica, a little experiment was done to learn how best we could help children succeed.
The experiment involved the families of 129 infants and toddlers. They were put into three groups:
- Quality Time: This group was encouraged to spend more time playing actively with their children: reading picture books, singing songs, playing peekaboo.
- Nutrition: This group was given a milk-based nutritional supplement each week. Keep in mind this is a poor neighborhood in Jamaica, so this is a big deal.
- Control: This group received nothing.
Which group do you think thrived the most?
It was the Quality Time group. Each of the children was tested throughout the years and was found to have done better on I.Q. tests, aggressive behavior, and self-control. As adults, they were found to earn an average of 25% more per year than the other children.
This made it very clear that one of the most powerful ways to help children thrive NOW and LATER in life was as simple as spending some quality time with them.
Helping Your Child Thrive With Sleep
AKA helping mom thrive as well! Getting the right amount of sleep can help prevent mom rage and epic kid meltdowns. But wait there’s more!
Kids who regularly get adequate sleep have improved:
- And overall mental and physical health
Talk about thriving!
Parents: Are YOU Thriving or Surviving?
Have you figured out the #1 way to help your child thrive? All of the options are extremely important. If you are trying to live a healthy and happy life, focusing on each of these areas will help you thrive.
Forget survival mode, it’s time to focus on thriving. Mama, this goes for you just as much as it goes for your child.
If you spend each day focusing on proper nutrition and sleep, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting your daily exercise in, you will feel better and hopefully mom better!
Your kids are watching you. It’s time to show them how to thrive, not just survive!
So, have you figured out the # 1 way to help your child thrive?