Raising the children of today
To ensure your children grow up to be champions, charge them up with Positive energy.
DEAR mothers, Your child’s health will always be the number one priority in your life. Mothers today are the superheroes of the world – she’s working hard outside of the home while ensuring her family’s well-being is being well taken care of.
Besides, the world has changed for children, too. They now have a vast array of distractions and interests – from television to the Internet to all kinds of new technology which can make them vulnerable to the things their parents could have protected them from in the past.
Still, mothers try very hard to do everything right for their children. It’s hard to know what that is when there are constantly new ideas about how to raise children.
Raising children has now been turned into a science, and mothers are trying to be scientists doing everything perfectly. Instead of making parents more assured and confident in their approach, this overload of information has become an added stress for mothers and children. Let’s not forget mothers also have to juggle between chores, schedules, bonding and practising what they preach.
A balanced life
As parents, we often try to create that perfect world for our children. Finding that balance in our lives has always been pivotal. When we find it, we feel blessed. Don’t we all look forward to having more of those moments?
Mothers know that balance – for themselves and their children – is important, but it is a delicate balancing act.
Protecting our children is ensuring that we start enveloping them in a circular embrace of Positive Energy from young. Mothers know one of the best ways to ensure our children’s well-being is to prioritise their nutritional intake.
According to a study by Nutrition Survey of Malaysian Children, our children’s dietary intake is not compatible with the Ministry of Health’s Recommended Nutrient Intake.
More than a third of the children surveyed did not have the recommended amount of intake for energy, calcium and Vitamin D. It means our children do not have the right amount of nutrition to maintain mental and physical wellness.
Are we giving the right balance of nutrients to our children?
One of the reasons cited for our low nutritional status is the lack of a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Understanding the importance of balanced nutrition needs to be our first actionable step.
A balanced diet contains foods from all the main food groups in the correct proportions to provide the body with optimum nutrition. To stay healthy, our body needs the right ratio of carbohydrates, fats and protein — the three main components of nutrition in the food pyramid to release Positive Energy.
Not having a balanced and nutritious diet will result in children not having enough energy to power the brain. This can cause lower mental alertness, fatigue and learning problems. It is so important for children to have good nutritious meals to boost their overall health.
Embracing Positive Energy
Nutritional intake isn’t the only factor in ensuring our child’s total health development. Like a finely-tuned engine, our body needs the right fuel (food) and regular maintenance (exercise and mental attitude) to achieve its true health potential. If we pour in the wrong fuel or don’t use it regularly, it will not deliver its full power and performance.
Are we paying attention to the time our child spends on physical activities?
A nutritious diet and regular physical activity can help your child and you feel better, learn and work more effectively, and stay healthy. All mothers want their children to have the best chance at being a champion, don’t they?
Studies have proven that getting the equation of nutrition and regular physical activities right is the Positive Energy children should have every day. It pays to plan ahead and take small steps in a healthy living journey.
Let us take the first step with the first meal of the day, breakfast.
Kick-start your child’s daily routine with the right amount of nutrients in their breakfast to fuel their energy.
Achieve an optimum release of Positive Energy with the ideal ratio of carbohydrates (55% to 70%), protein (10% to 15%) and fat (20% to 30%) with food such as a tuna and egg sandwich, fruit and yogurt parfait or potato and egg salad paired with a warm mug of Milo.
Here are some tips to ensure that breakfast is an important meal for your family.
Make it a point to sit down and plan a week of breakfast meals for your family. If you’re a working mum, this list will ensure your loved ones get the best every morning. Always make sure you have all the ingredients that you need for breakfast before the week begins.
The best way to get your child to eat in the morning is to eat with them and lead by example. Even if it’s just a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast, sitting down to have breakfast every morning, will teach your children a life lesson in making healthy living a priority. Our parents taught us this when we were growing up and establishing a breakfast routine will certainly make for a healthier generation.
Involve your children:
Get your children to plan, prepare and even serve breakfast with you. Acquiring cooking skills early in life will ensure they continue to eat healthier meals in their adulthood.
The best thing about cooking with your children is spending quality time together. Let them whisk the eggs, mix the pancake batter, toast and spread jam on breads or simply set the table. Cook with flair. Don’t be afraid to don a chef’s hat and get imaginative. Choose foods that children find fun and can prepare quickly.
Mothers, remember to give your children the best every morning; a warm mug of Milo and a dose of love provides children with the Positive Energy they need to begin their day like champions. Seeing our children succeed in life, day by day, is the best thing that every mother can wish for.
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Beginning well: Start your child’s day with a good breakfast.