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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 15, 2018
Being a parent in this world ain’t easy. In my line of work you wouldn’t think I see too much of the rigors of parenthood, but trust me…I REALLY DO! Let’s see here, parents looking for answers in regards to punishing their kids with suspended services, the cost of Snapchat to the data plan, when to get a cell phone, which cell phone is the cheapest but won’t cause ridicule from the spoiled brats at school, filing insurance replacements because they landed on the phone while trying to do some YouTube inspired stunt and of course, having to deal with the fact that they would have to get their kids a nicer phone than their own (I always recommend to do the upgrade for the new line and then just swap your old phone for the new one…they always love that idea). Anyway, there are plenty of things you have to do to teach your kids the rules of the world, like how to cross the street, how to drive and how to avoid terrible musical “artists” like Taylor Swift and Lil Pump. It’s a minefield out there people, and with the advent of social media and websites that tell you how to raise your kids controlled by childless misers, I am kinda glad I have none at the moment. So aside from the aesthetics of the world, some of the most important things that need to be addressed in a kid’s life is their eating habits. You have to really be careful with the labelling and have to really pay attention to what you can and can’t buy for your kids. Like my sister that lives in Denver, for her two little girls are lactose intolerant but her son isn’t. And I can only imagine the challenges that some of my fellow vegans have raising their kids vegan, for the ridicule of not eating the typical, unhealthy junk food staples at school can draw some stares and cause some potential bullying.
This has always been a hot topic on the blog and I have to constantly revisit the subject due to the changes in society. I mean, it was cause for celebration when national reports stated child obesity rates had stunted amongst the poor https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-01-america-poor-kids-obese.html or the fact schools are starting to reimplement physical education. Anyway, I will not regurgitate some of the disheartening findings and studies I have seen over the years. There are some good theories out there that are pretty sound, like the fact kids are gaining weight due to the fact that parents look at their peer’s kids and compare. If their kids look similar to their peer’s kids, then they must be doing something right!! In reality, there are too many factors that are at work here and the biggest always starts with parental involvement. It is important to have good meal planning, because you don’t always want each night to be pizza night or something. Plus the fact parents are working more than ever for less money than ever becomes a problem, for kids are less likely to participate in physical activities when their parents are busy and work a lot. Television becomes the adult supervision and one thing that goes together with television is snacking and sugary drinks.
I admit I have no answer on how to help your kids become healthy and stay healthy. I mean, this is a subject that has almost too much information available to the public. I mean, here is some stuff I heard while looking around. Mom should lead a healthy life….mom should workout during pregnancy…dad should be in good shape because studies indicate fathers in bad health have unhealthy sperm…mom should have natural birth if possible….mom should use breast milk…Don’t feed your kid anything in a box…closely regulate the sugar….make sure mom and dad are active….having healthy grandparents of the kids helps shape the idea of good health habits to the growing child so make sure the grandparents are hitting the gym….institute at least there hours of organized play time a week….make your kids’ lunch every day…avoid restaurants….avoid gluten, national retail products and all fruit smoothies….wrap them in saran wrap till they are 18….treat them like White Goodman treated his clients in “Dodgeball” so they don’t get overweight. Okay, so it does not need to reach those levels of craziness, but you do have to set something of an example. While overweight kids are more prevalent than ever, the stigma against overweight kids has also created a double edged sword. And also, don’t forget we have a rather skewed reward system in this country of ours. A lot of times schools reward kids with candy and sweets for good behavior and high performance. When I was a kid, we had a reading program at our school where if you read a certain number of books, you could get a free mini pizza from Pizza Hut (needless to say, this is probably how my love of pizza started, because my dad had a whole bunch of old books from his youth and I read them like crazy during this time…and to prove we read the book we had to write a description and it had to be legitimate because we sure as heck didn’t have Clif’s Notes and the internet).
Anyway, the only thing you can do is make adjustments along the way and set the best example you can do. I’m sure Jon is already thinking forward to the days he will get to train his new granddaughter. I have no doubt that the newest addition to the Parsons family will be in good hands health wise. Jon’s daughter was into fitness and active and of course, being into fitness and being active is Jon’s job. Couple with some good eating habits the family has in general and his granddaughter should have a good example to follow her entire life. Truth be told, that is really the only thing you can do because there is no set formula on how to raise your kids. Let them be active, feed them well with good food and instill good everyday habits. Truthfully, that is the best advice one could really have in this situation.
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