When asked what we want most in life, the majority of us will reply that we want to be happy... So how can we be happy? And, just as important, how can we “teach” happiness to our children?
Among today’s parents of children and teens, there is a growing feeling that we were blindsided by the onslaught of digital devices over the past several years. With all of the amazing things these devices can do and their many applications, we didn’t think twice about sharing these miracles with our children.
Mindfulness is defined in the psychology world as: “a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.” (Dictionary.com) The benefits of mindfulness include greater peace and contentment, lower levels of negative stress, and greater enjoyment of activities.
The first step may be to realize that there’s a potential problem and that it may not be just with our children. Hopefully, we can convey to our children the right messages and show them a good example regarding social media use, digital courtesy, and electronic responsibility in general.
This article is meant to provide some specific advice about childhood nutrition and feeding issues. Although various sources were used (see References), many of these ideas can be found in an excellent book titled “Food Fights,” which is recommended reading for all parents of young, and even not-so-young, children. Before getting to a potpourri of... Read More