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Ways to Instill Vitality in Children:
›Feed your children a well-balanced diet and encourage them to make nutritious food choices. Feeding your child a well rounded diet can increase their ability to learn and grow within their immediate environment.
›Model the type of eating behaviors you would like your children to develop. Children eat what they see you eating. This helps my daughter so much in trying new foods. When she sees mommy eating the same food she is, she will feel more safe to also try it (sometimes, not always).
›It may take multiple exposures to a food before a child is willing to try. On average it may take 8-12 times of seeing, playing with, and/or smelling a new food before they are willing to taste it. So yes, this means cutting, chopping, washing, and cooking several times before it is actually consumed. Don’t get frustrated, keep trying! There may be a light at the end of the tunnel or they may actually not like that particular flavor or type of food!
›Don’t buy foods with empty calories (junk food). If it’s not lying around you do not have to option to feed it to children or to eat it yourself. 😉 Empty calories do not fuel your child’s brain or body to grow in the ways they may need.
›Sensory: Being aware of senses. Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight, Hearing. Sensory play stimulates these senses. People learn and grow well when they engage their senses. Have you ever listened to an old song and suddenly remember how you felt when you used to listen to it? Our senses are powerful! And God blessed us with 5 different ways to engage in the environment and with others.
›Sensory activities allow responsiveness to the environment. Sensory play creates a way for children to respond to their immediate environment through exploration. It allows children to grow free of thoughts or judgments. Sensory play instills vitality in children because it allows them to connect to the environment through a meaningful experience. Below are some examples of sensory play from some amazing blogs! But sensory play can be as simple as being outside or playing in a sand box. My daughter is currently fixated on bubbles! Outside bubbles, hand washing bubbles, bath bubbles. 🙂
Baby Sensory Touch and Feel board
Kid Sensory for Spring/Summer!
›Help your kids off the couch and guide them to become more active.
›Being more active with your kids means modeling the active lifestyle you hope for them by being active yourself.
›Actively engaging in the environment. A child displays vitality when they are actively engaged with the environment Here is an example of an immediate response to the environment:
My daughter and I were waiting for the bride and groom to walk through the tunnel of guests blowing bubbles. There I was holding an independent toddler (husband no where in sight) in one arm and attempting to blow bubbles in the other without spilling a soapy, sticky mess all over us. I finally maneuvered to be able to blow some bubbles and no bubbles. I gave up quickly on the bubble blowing and set my toddler down into the field. Immediately she saw the flowers in the field (the white weed type flowers that actually smell pretty good, not dandelions) and bent down to explore them. I showed her how to pick them and smell them (not eat them haha). She picked flowers for a good half hour in the field.
My toddler may not have gotten to explore vitality if I whisked her away in a rush to get somewhere. Provide time for children to actively engage in the environment. Time is a precious gift we can provide for children.
›Limit the amount of time your kids are allowed to use electronics. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests less than two hours a day of screen time for a child and none for under two. Electronics limit the ability to experience vitality.
›You hear this ALL the time. We do allow some TV at home… Ekk! And we took our 18 month old to her first movie, the Minions (it wasn’t very good I don’t recommend it. Sorry Minion lovers!). But I think the most important part is being conscious of how much time your child has spent with an electronic device or TV and really deciding what’s best for your family and what’s best for a specific child. Also being conscious of what they are watching or doing. When my daughter does watch TV it is something of value (besides the Minions, poor choice btw. We tried for Inside Out and it didn’t work out).
›Having a purposeful and meaningful existence. For our family, our purpose is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and to share the love of Christ in us with others. We are not perfect, but we know why we are here. This gives us the power to live and grow through Jesus Christ.
›While in the toddler stages I hope to teach my daughter that her existence matters, that what she does (coloring a page, building a tower, digging in the sand) is meaningful. By instilling a purpose in her at a young age and into adolescence this will stay with her throughout her life. She does matter. She was put here for a reason. She is loved by the one true God.
›What is your family’s purpose? What are your goals? Let me know in the comments below!
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