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Family Health: 3 Natural Ways To Help Your Children Have Positive Health Experiences

Children retain many of the encounters that they experience in childhood. They remember how they felt, what they were thinking, and what they feared or enjoyed, factors that will continue to influence their perceptions for the rest of their lives.

When children have negative encounters going to the doctor or dentist, eating meals, or anything else related to their health, they may become adults who neglect their wellness and avoid seeking medical or dental care when needed. You can foster positive and natural health experiences in your children using these three simple tips, however.

Grow A Garden

Children can be notoriously picky about what they will and will not eat. Their apprehension about eating certain foods particularly fruits and vegetables may stem from the fact that they do not know what these foods are or how they are grown.

You can make eating a healthy and nutritious diet fun and exciting by growing a garden with your children. You do not need a spacious yard in which to plant a garden. You can use buckets, large pots, or raised garden beds to plant tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, strawberries, and other foods that your kids may have avoided eating.

When they have a hand in growing their own food, they may be more open to expanding their palates. They also learn that eating a healthy diet can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Give Your Kids Some Control

Another factor behind negative health experiences stems from kids’ perceptions of having little control over their physical or emotional wellness. You can overcome this negativity and instead foster positive experiences by giving some of the control to your children. By using energy healing resources, you can teach your children to utilize his or her own inner power to help himself or herself during bouts of anxiety, fear, disgust, and other negative emotions.

This lesson can also come in handy when you want your child to think positively during bouts of illness like the common cold or the flu. Your son or daughter can learn how to use his or her own emotional and mental capabilities to heal himself or herself without having to rely on conventional medicines or treatment.

Family Exercise Time

Finally, many kids today would rather spend an afternoon playing on their computers or cell phones than going outside to play. Rather than despair about your children becoming couch potatoes, you can change their perceptions by making exercise a family activity.

If you are prone to lounging on the couch watching TV or playing on your own cell phone, your children may wonder why they have to go outside to play when you are inside relaxing and lounging yourself. You can set the example by getting up and taking the initiative to go outdoors to walk, jog, kick around a soccer ball, or partake in other physical activities. The tips above are various ways in which you can help your kids have healthier, happier, lifestyles.

Your family may be more prone to following your lead when you show you are not above exercising. You also create a positive and natural health experience that your own children may continue well into their adulthood and when they become parents themselves.

Many childhood health experiences can induce negative reactions that are remembered well into adulthood. When you want your children to enjoy healthy and natural experiences with wellness and good health, you can use these approaches to fostering that positiveness. You teach them important lessons about control, initiative, and creativity that they will remember and use long after they become adults themselves.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

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- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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