Growing, Not Dying

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Nurturing Children VS Fast Food Discipline

Previously I had written about my newly discovered idea of "nurturing" children, and the changes in my parenting. Real change only comes when we change the way we see and interpret the world so I have continued to explore new ideas and new view points to encourage more lasting change.

Thus, today I found myself again meditating on the idea of what it means to "nurture" a child. The only other area where we talk of "nurturing" that came to mind was in our food. We talk of nutritious food and it's effects on our bodies. We know if we want to have strong healthy bodies we must eat a diet rich in good wholesome foods. These include whole grains, natural plants such as fruits and veggies- particularly leafy green veggies, and avoid processed, chemically altered, hormone treated alternatives. I'm not a Vegan, or even vegetarian, but I can see the advantages to choosing your foods with wisdom. Only through good foods over the long run can a body grow to it's strongest healthiest potential.

This does not mean one can never have a burger or pizza, but for optimum health these things must be eaten judiciously. A diet of constant fast food and junk foods makes us tired, fat, and unhealthy. (Trust me on that instead of experimenting on yourself.)

Today it occurred to me like a light going on, punishment is like fast food. Once in a while it won't hurt. In fact, it can be a great help in certain situations when used wisely. However, a diet rich in fast food, or worse- only fast food, will produce poor health with a lack of energy and vitality. Likewise a child raised on a rich diet of constant punishments rather than consistent patient loving example will grow up internally weak, unsure of himself and lacking self-discipline.

Unlike some, I do not overwhelmingly enjoy cooking regular daily meals. Ordering in or going out is so much easier. I have found though, it quickly becomes distasteful and I long for a wholesome meal. I think many of our children are longing for more nutritious upbringings. It is my new belief a steady diet of boundaries, appropriate expectations, praise for performance, good examples and a heaping of patient love will produce far better people in the long run then daily punishment. Sure it is easier just to correct the situation quickly ending the immediate problem, but pizza every night does not produce quality health.

So, I guess it is time for me to put on an apron, learn some new "recipes," and experiment with new "foods." Some will not be very appetizing, some will be good, and eventually some will be fantastic. . . .

.... and once in a while I'm sure we'll order pizza. After all, change is a process.


Blogger Cindy said...

Why not start a favorite recipe club? It might be fun. I think that the movie Super Size Me made Nathan and I take a step back and look at how our family eats. I completely here you here!

Fri May 30, 09:07:00 PM MDT  
Blogger mmm.chocolate said...

Woops! I just posted my comment to a post back in April instead of this one. Anyways, it was just about how I relate to this post.

Wed Jun 18, 10:20:00 PM MDT  

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