“An uneducated son is his father’s fault. An undisciplined student is the teacher’s fault.”– Traditinal Chinese Proverb
With 4 kids, I am always asked by friends, family and strangers how I do it? I am proud to say parenting is a lot of work, but I have great, disciplined kids. I have a plan that works: I have people, good people and a great team.
Judy and Jan are teachers of Strawberry Patch and have made it possible to do my practice and be a parent to my kids. My kids are always talking about Judy’s cooking, how great her vegetarian stew is. They can get my kids to eat vegetables even if I’ve tried and failed at home. Today they’re sharing some of their secrets.
Another great thing they do is not allow juice, candy or cakes at Stawberry Patch, just wholesome vegetables, fruits and grains. Providing only good foods means the kids have no cause for acting cranky or whiny.
Your kids can be a reflection of your health. What you don’t feed your kids you don’t eat. It’s simple.
Another tip I can share from experience is nap time. Alexander, my 5-year-old is now in Kindergarten. No more nap time means that when I pick him up from school, his eyes are droopy tired. He’ll whine and complain. So, I decided to switch his sleep time earlier, from 9pm to 8pm. Now I have a happy boy. As adults, we need sleep too. You can train your body to take that power nap and stay alert or go to bed earlier. Respect the safety of others and take care of your body with plenty of rest.
As kids grow they are the resemblance of their parents or their care givers. We show them how to respect their body in and out. It’s ok to take time for your body to rest and heal.
I wanted to thank Judy and Jan for being a great teacher to my kids! It is their discipline and teaching that makes us as parents. As many have said, “It takes a village to raise a child.”