A little late but worth the wait!!!!
Happy Mothers’ Day, every day, to all of the dedicated, devoted and determined mothers who consistently, tirelessly, selflessly, and endlessly nourish and nurture their precious children, so that they may develop and grow to become the best the world has to offer.
Wow, what an incredible, and often, overwhelming feat to behold.
In my quest to seek the best advice from professionals who lead the way in child development, I attended a talk, given by the highly acclaimed pediatrician, Dr. Bill Sears. He presented so much valuable information, especially about the overwhelming amount of parents who say their children have “ADD” Attention Deficit Disorder. His initial response to parents is to FIRST investigate whether or not their child has “NDD” Nutritional Deficit Disorder or “MDD” Movement Deficit Disorder. Until parents can answer no to both of those conditions, evaluating for ADD is premature and can not be accurately diagnosed.
I left Dr. Sears’ talk feeling empowered and motivated to get back to the basics with my children and spread the word that proper nutrition and frequent physical activity are directly linked to children’s ability to focus. It was so logical; such a simple revelation, and something I knew from my own childhood. As a child, when I returned home from school, my mother always had a healthy snack waiting for me, then told me to "go run around and play" before I sat down to do my homework.
Dr. Sears hit on a multitude of vitally important growth and lifestyle factors. The following are just a few. If you’re interested in learning more, according to Dr. Sears, here is his website: https://www.askdrsears.com/
- Brains are made up of fat; consequently, they need fat to grow!
- Feed your kids healthy fats: avocados, butter/ghee, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, omega-3 found in wild caught Pacific salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seeds, etc.
- Boredom can be productive, it encourages creativity & develops independent self-directed learners
- Model movement and activity, as you would brushing your teeth, for children imitate what they see.