About 8 months ago I radically changed the way I eat. I no longer eat dairy, wheat and sugar and I try to limit all processed grains. There is a lot of medical evidence that grains are making us fat, tired and inflamed and that inflammation is the root of almost all disease. So the question is “How do I turn my diet of mostly vegetables, organic proteins and nuts and seeds into something my 6 year old son will eat?” Today my son ate bread at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is distressing to me and I’m sure all that glucose flooding his bloodstream is having a negative impact on his energy, his attention and his sleep. The problem is he’s very picky and inconsistent about eating vegetables.
I went online and googled “How to get kids to eat vegetables.” I read a few articles that suggested burying broccoli in cheese sauce or giving the vegetables cute names. I was not encouraged. Then I came upon an article in Psychology Today that discusses a study where children were bribed to eat their vegetables. All I can say is I’m heading to Party City tomorrow to create a bribe-a-palooza grab bag. Click the link for the full article.
2 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables (That Actually Work) | Psychology Today.
I love Brene Brown. Last year she had out a TED Talks video that really, profoundly helped me. I follow her on Facebook so when I saw that she had an article on parenting I just had to read it.
Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions–the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.
I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.
To read the whole manifesto, follow this link.
Brené Brown: The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto.
This issue of fluoride for my son (who is 5) is a big concern for me. A doctor gave me a prescription for fluoride drops for my son but when I saw they had food dye and artificial sweetener in it I threw it out. I recently began seeing a holistic dentist for myself. I asked him about fluoride for my son. He suggested bi-annual fluoride treatments at the pediatric dentist since we won’t ingest the fluoride.
Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ.
My mother-in-law gave my five year old son one of these sky balls. It is really the funnest ball I have ever played with. The balls are filled with helium so they bounce super high (hence the name sky ball). It’s great for kids who may not be able to catch a ball on the first bounce. My mother-in-law bought ours at Target. They’re also available at Amazon and Vat19.
Nick & Celeste
Nick was born into a house with our dog, Celeste, and cats, Sammy and Brice. Nick has never had an ear infection, though he did have numerous respiratory infections. This is an interesting premise to ponder.
Dogs may protect babies from some infections: study – Yahoo! News.