47

MomTalk.com November 20, 2017:   The women's magazine for moms about children, family, health, home, fashion, careers, marriage & more


MomTalk Most Popular Articles

Most Popular Articles



Sign Up for the MomTalk newsletter today!





Email Marketing by VerticalResponse




Instantly watch from thousands of TV episodes & movies streaming from Netflix. Try Netflix for FREE!



152403_Mar Coupon Code 125x125

Zazzle launches customizable Doodle Speakers

zulily: Daily deals for moms, babies and kids

126905_Shop Green Baby at Diapers.com + Free 2 Day Shipping on $49+

307728_Save Better - 125x125

Raising a Healthy Child

sleepinginfant.jpg
When we think about raising a healthy child, we need to consider more than the physical aspect of their health. In fact, sometimes that is the easy part; taking them to soccer, dance or baseball has become a normal routine for most Minnesota families. To be truly healthy, we need to look at our child's emotional health which must be strengthened and nurtured as well.

sleepinginfant.jpg
Dr. Jo Becker-Puklich, Aagesen Chiropractic Clinic

When we think about raising a healthy child, we need to consider more than the physical aspect of their health. In fact, sometimes that is the easy part; taking them to soccer, dance or baseball has become a normal routine for most Minnesota families. To be truly healthy, we need to look at our child's emotional health which must be strengthened and nurtured as well. Developing and cultivating a healthy mental attitude can start from the newborn beginning. When we make the decision to have the attitude of wellness and truly accept the belief that being well is natural, then we can expect vibrant health.

Children have much more control over their own health than you may think. Research shows that the mind has a very powerful mechanism with amazing ability for health and healing. The earlier we teach them to use their extraordinary powers of their mind, the healthier and happier they will be.

Positive imagery or visualization is a powerful tool that children can use to help them become capable, healing and vibrant people. If my daughter is suffering from a cold, I will lay beside her and help her visualize her own body healing itself. We will talk through this imagery, as an example, I will say to her, "close your eyes and think about your blood flowing throughout your veins, lets give your blood cells different colors. There are red circles or cells and there are white cells in your blood. The white cells are the cells that protect your body from illness and to me I am imagining them to look like little army men that will fight off the "sick" cells that have given you the cold. They will gobble up those "sick" cells and when all those sick cells are gobbled up you will be healthy again". This is just an example of simple imagery that we can teach our children to heal their own bodies. If you would like to know more about imagery and visualization, Dr. Deepak Chopra's book, "Perfect Health" is an excellent source.

Children can learn unhealthy lifestyle choices can contribute to sickness. We all know as parents, that it can be a battle to get our children to eat foods that are essential for a healthy body. When our children are very young it may be a bit easier to limit their choices, however, as they get older, telling them that they cannot have sugar or other unhealthy foods is not necessarily productive. They may feel deprived and will most likely rebel. They need to be taught early the facts of good health and then they will be capable of making educated choices.

Dr. Wayne Dyer tells us in his book, What Do You Really Want For Your Children?, the more children learn from you to rid themselves of attitudes which causes sickness, the more you are helping them to enjoy life each day. They will actually live longer and more productive lives if they learn wellness as very young children. When we teach children that there is a pill for every complaint we are encouraging them to rely on something other than their own body to heal themselves. We need to teach our children how strong their bodies are and the extraordinary things our bodies can do. Show them how their bodies can miraculously heal a cut, how their immune system fights off germs and other invaders, and how eating good foods and getting enough sleep helps their body grow healthy and strong. Our kids are smart and they are fascinated by how the body works...try to make it fun and they will love to learn about their bodies!

5 tips to raise a healthy child

1. Be a good example and educate them on good nutrition and exercise to keep their body healthy. If they know the facts they can make good educated decisions for themselves.

2. Tell them how strong and amazing their bodies are and show them how their bodies can heal itself.

3. Adopt an attitude of wellness and and believe that being well is a natural, normal way of life. Our goal is to have vibrant health, we need to believe we have control over our own body and how healthy it will be.

4. Teach them how to relax and heal themselves through positive imagery and visualization.

5. Empower your children to understand their bodies rather then encouraging them to rely on pills for every complaint.


Dr. Jo has been practicing at Aagesen Chiropractic Clinic for eleven years and concentrates her practice in pediatrics and pre and post natal care for women.



Categories: Children's Health, Health & Wellness,


New FeatureRelated Articles: Children Must Learn Healthy Competition: Sylvia Rimm on Raising Kids, Fearful Child Can Become Brave: Sylvia Rimm on Raising Kids,