Surrounded With Love

Happy Wednesday my loves….

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

The innocence of children brings forth genuine love. I believe that if we surround ourselves with children, we surround ourselves with love. I feel so loved ūüôā

 

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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Does Authoritative Parenting Lead To Child Obesity?

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Authoritative Parenting

Parents should make their kids eat healthy foodsI personally think that child obesity is one of the toughest challenges of parenting. Why? Because obesity does not only pose serious health problems to our children but it can only bring down our children’s self esteem to a great degree.

There had been issues regarding the effect of authoritative parenting to obesity. It got me wondering. How can authoritative parenting lead to child obesity?

According to researches, parents who are over controlling of what their children eat only worsen the desire of the kids to eat unhealthy. If you won’t let your kids try sweets even once, they will only develop a very strong urge to try it when you are not looking. Well, let’s admit it…it is always so tempting to try something that we are told not to try. Our human nature of curiosity kicks in once we hear the word – CAN’T.

By being too authoritative with regards to eating, parents also encourage unhealthy bingeing. Kids are more prone to eating too much of unhealthy foods when they get the chance.

As parents, we can’t always be there when our children eat. Even if we pack their lunch and ensure there’s nothing unhealthy in there, we can never be sure of what they eat. Remember that they have friends and classmates who may not have parents as health conscious as we are. These kids may be bringing in unhealthy foods at school and they could be sharing these foods with our kids.

Preventing Child Obesity

So what can we do to prevent child obesity? Although we need to ensure that our kids eat healthy foods, let us not be too tough when it comes to trying out other foods. I think it is just fine to let them have a taste of sweets or other foods we deem unhealthy just so they will not crave for it. Just make sure that we properly guide them when they have a taste of these foods. Never forget to remind the kids how these foods can cause them bad health.

We should find ways to make healthy foods look and taste more appetizing and yummy than unhealthy foods. This way, our kids will love what we feed them and they will not look for anything more tasteful.

Part of a good parenting technique is to encourage our kids to engage in physical activities. This will not only keep them active but it will also help them lose weight and maintain it.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Are We Robbing Our Children Of Their Childhood?

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Idealistic Parenting

Parents today are more idealistic. We want our children to be the best of who they can be. Well, who wouldn’t want to see a future doctor or a future Math whiz, right? But sometimes we have to realize that our kids need to be kids to truly learn. Sometimes we go overboard with parenting and we may not be aware of it yet but we may already be robbing our children of their precious childhood.

I remember when I was a little girl, I play a lot. Well, I don’t have real dolls or expensive electronic game machines but I have a very vivid imagination. I and my sisters would play pretends. We will write stories and pretend that we own a book store where our stories are the best sellers. And yes, we do have patrons – our cousins. I have a good childhood memory because my parents allowed me to be a child.

Let The Children Play

Playing is beneficial for the development of children. Its benefits are not limited to the following:

  • Children learn to widen their imagination. Playing is imagination at work. How many times have we seen our children holding a piece of handkerchief and pretending it is a make up brush? Or how many times have we found our kids singing their voice out using a ¬†hair brush as the microphone? Playing make kids more imaginative. This helps them in their cognitive development.
  • Children learn to interact with others. Playing develops social skills in children. They learn to deal with other kids. Sometimes they play with adults so they learn how to interact with different ages.
  • Children learn to develop confidence. When they enjoy their childhood, they become more confident. They feel they are more able to express themselves without hesitation.

I understand why we can be idealistic at times – why we tend to ensure that whatever our kids do, it should be academic in nature. But let us not forget that playing is part of their normal development. Don’t rob your children of their childhood. Let them play. Let them enjoy their childhood. Let them create memories that they will cherish throughout their lives.

Psalm 127:3-5

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.¬†¬†Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.¬†¬†Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.