10 tips for a healthy childhood

My personal recommendations for parents

Health is a matter of attitude and thrives on the joy of life. This philosophical insight comes from the medieval philosopher Thomas von Akquin and has lost none of its topicality to this day. On the contrary, research into prenatal development, resilience to crises and disease-causing factors, and healthy growing up of children consistently provide evidence for the validity of this thesis.

Normally the parents play the central role. Because the health and the health behavior of the children are closely related to those of their parents. For example, it has been shown that low fat intake in children is five times more likely, even if their mother consumes only little fat. Likewise, having a parent does not smoke and drink little alcohol has a positive effect on the children.

Of course, the various aspects of child health can not be summarized in a few sentences. However, the following tips may be useful as a guide, as a reflection, or as a self-affirmation:

My 10 most important tips

  • 1. Give your child a positive attitude to themselves and to life around you. Self-awareness, self-esteem and self-determination are the foundation for a happy life and important health protection factors. Help your child to develop optimally through love and confidence in their abilities.
  • 2. Actively realize your role as a beacon and role model for your child. education does not exist in the compulsion of desirable behavior, but in the previous life of the same. The signals that you send as parents - individually and in partnership - will shape the attitude and development of your child. Loving affection, healthy behavior, sense of responsibility, reliability, ability to conflict, use of intellect and feeling, social competence and the will to personal development - all this is what your child can and should learn from you. Conversely, you too can and should learn a lot from your child - after all, it is a unique and unique person.
  • 3. Give your child undivided attention and attention. What matters is not the quantity of time you spend with your child, but the quality of dealing with each other. Reflect on your own claims, reduce pressure on yourself and others, and stay calm when there are problems. Constant exchange and willingness to communicate are important. But also the respect for intimacy and the granting of retreats. Treat yourself and your child consciously and regularly to breaks from each other and the daily grind.
  • 4. Maintain common values, rules and rituals in the family. They help in everyday life and support the expression or conversion of just such habits that are important for health. These include, in addition to the eating and sleeping habits u.a. hygiene and personal hygiene including brushing, dealing with school requirements and media consumption. The family table with shared meal and communication times plays a key role here. Especially if everyone likes to participate.
  • 5. Promote the self-responsibility and independence of your child. Let it have its own experiences and do age-related tasks yourself, without interfering constantly. Involve your child in your plans and their implementation without overburdening or overburdening them. Nobody says it's always easy. But the self-efficacy your child experiences does not only enhance their life skills, but also their resilience. Incidentally, a "no" out of inner conviction (not on principle, just to set limits) is often more important than a low-maintenance "yes". And that applies between parents and child in both directions!
  • 6. Ensure healthy eating and drinking habits in the family. The importance of a balanced and full-fledged, nutritious and vitamin-rich diet for children and adults is known to you. However, it is not always easy to realize during parental and professional life. Although we strongly recommend that the goal of a full-fledged diet be achieved primarily through healthy meals. But if that does not always work out 100%, it makes perfect sense to help. We have been recommending a specially developed for children for yearsHealth juice, One spoon per day covers all important nutrients and phytochemicals, one bottle lasts for about 50 days. The efficacy has been proven in studies.
  • 7. Children need a lot of exercise. If possible in the fresh air, in the sun and sometimes in the dirt. The latter promotes the immune system and probably makes it less susceptible to allergies. The sun is u.a. important for vitamin D formation in the skin.Sporting activities and, above all, free play not only promote physical health, but the entire personal development of your child. Also think about your role model here. Together (at least every now and then), cycling, swimming, ball games, etc. are even more fun - and good for your own health.
  • 8. Sleep is sacred when it comes to health. The need for sleep is also individually pronounced in children, but usually much larger than that of adults (incidentally, not infrequently too little sleep). Just for onehealthy sleep behavior Rituals are especially valuable from the beginning. As you get older, it often gets harder and harder. Here clear rules come into play: all electronic devices in good time before going to bed or even out of the nursery. This also applies to other disturbing influences. By the way: In addition to the night sleep, leisure time is always important during the day, during which your child can relax and rest without having to work.
  • 9. Promote your child's social contacts. Good and diverse relationships with friends, relatives, neighbors and education and training staff are extremely important to your child's development. And by the way: children intuitively often understand more than the adults trust them. The language in which you talk to your child does not have to be childlike, but personal and easy to understand.
  • 10. Take advantage of the regular check-ups at the child and the dentist. Thankfully, many childhood illnesses have lost their horror thanks to medical prevention and treatment. Vaccinations and, if necessary, antibiotics play an important role here. Their ideological rejection is just as wrong as a premature handling of "illnesses" that are actually individual developmental phenomena. A good and trustworthy doctor will help you and your child make the right decisions with common sense, intuition, and confidence.

Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser