Tag Archives: Children

Growing News: Picky Eaters, Unhealthy Eating & Listening Skills

Parenting is always changing and developing.

Just like with technology, there is always an opportunity to upgrade. Upgrade your skills with some of the articles below.

Do you have a picky eater? If so this article may have the answer for you!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105112050.htm

Do you eat unhealthy? Is it affecting your children? Read this..

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101214181241.htm

Having trouble getting your young child to listen? Me too!  This article just might be the tool you need to improve your ability to get your young child to listen.

http://www.parenting.org/article/getting-your-child-listen-first-time

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Sprouting Child: Using Everyday Conversations to Instill Values

My little sprout is in Kindergarten right now learning about the alphabet, colors, numbers, and other things all while singing and playing unawares of how much her little brain is soaking up. Children learn without even being aware of it 24/7.

This allows us to use every moment to teach them about love, life, responsibility, and everything else we want to instill in them.  Recently a trip to the grocery store turned into a pretty in-depth conversation about higher education with my 6-year-old in which I was able to instill quite a number of things I wanted her to know and believe!

I typically go to the grocery store about once a week, but I needed to make an extra stop and my little sprout tagged along. Tired from school she wanted to ride in the cart and so I helped her in. Honestly I really get through the store faster when she is in the cart, even though I occasionally end up with crushed bread, missing fruit, and extras 🙂

As we were cruising the  produce aisle we talked about her day at school. She was really excited because she had decided she wanted to be a scientist, a veterinarian, and also discover new animals.

“Mommy when I grow up can I be more than one thing?” she asked me overwhelmed with the choice of what to choose to do for the rest of her life. (she has been dramatic since birth)

I told her that she’d have to do well in math & science, get her undergraduate degree, her masters degree, as well as a doctorate and she could be all three! A research scientist that works with animals.

In that conversation she learned how important school was, that she could be whatever she put her mind to, that I believed in her dreams, that I would support her no matter what, that she was capable, that it was possible, that hard work was valuable, that I value her voice, that I love her, and many other things that will Sprout in the future.

I learned a lot from talking with my daughter about higher education, I got to know her hopes and dreams, though they may change, and as a Mama it helped me Grow a little too.

With our children we have the awesome opportunity to cultivate wonderful things in them, love, kindness, honesty, integrity, faith.

Every moment is a chance for us to teach them by example, by direction, and through guidance how are you using the time you have with your Sprouting Children? 

Growing Mama

Romans 14:19

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification”  Romans 14:19

Everyday has the potential to be life changing. I come into contact with numerous children and adults each day.  Romans 14:19 talks about us making the effort everyday “to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification”.

Edification means  the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually, guidance, and building up of the soul.

Sometimes I may see a person that seems unhappy, lost, or afraid. According to the Word we are to lift them up, offer them words of peace, that may lead us both to mutual moral development and a life and soul more connected to Him.

In your day to day life, listen to the Word, and make every effort you can to help others build up their souls and lives with God. We are the Light of the World, let’s shine.

Growing Mama

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Junior was a man of astounding character Anchored and Taught by his mother Guided and Lead by his father. He was a child born into a family that held firm standards, had familial traditions and legacies, and raised children as a village.  By the time he reached college he was a strong, well-rounded, grounded man, and Leader. As a Leader he made profound changes in the world and brought on the Civil Rights Movement.

“Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless effort and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God; and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation and irrational emotionalism. We must have time and we must realize that the time is always right to do right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

All children have the potential to become Great Leaders. The Civil Rights Movement & The Women’s Liberation Movement opened the door for children to have access to greater opportunity no matter their sex or race.

Nonetheless it still relies upon Mothers & Fathers to cultivate & develop children through Teaching, Leading, Guiding, and Anchoring. Without a good foundation in life children have great difficulty building a life for themselves.

Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World, His Parents Gave Him the Tools.

For More Information About Martin Luther King & His Life Click The Link Below

http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king

A Child’s Walk

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6

Children rely upon their parents and the other adults in thier lives to teach them how they ought to live. They pick up on the things we do more often than they pick up on the things we say.

As a mother it is up to me to stay acutely aware of that fact. My behavior while driving, shopping, cleaning, socializing, and engaging with my child is creating neural pathways in her brain that will eventually become permanent. As she ages she will act based upon what I have shown her by behavior and allowed her to see in other people’s behavior.

Children are being trained and taught about life every second of their lives.

In the womb the moment thier little ears finished developing they began listening to our language. This listening continued after birth and within a few short months they were ready to make vocal sounds. Eventually these sounds started to mimic what we said to them, and by about one year of age or so  they are able to command us to act with the use of language.

Childhood is similar to the womb. The mother and father as well as others allowed into the child’s space imprint values, ideals, and beliefs about life. Once an adult the child relies upon those teachings  this is all she knows, “…she will not turn from it.”

Unborn children become walking and talking children. Children become walking & talking adults.  Our home is the womb where our children develop, let’s make it a home full of Christian Values so that when our children age that will imprint upon them, not the noise of the outside world.

Remember they have a path to walk just like we did, let’s have them start with the end in mind, God.

Growing Mama