With changing times and increasing demands, parenting has become more of an everyday struggle especially for mothers. With moms often being judged and compared, on the child’s weight, height, it has left little scope for mothers to relax and enjoy motherhood. Not just that, children are expected to perform from a very early age and are compared to their peers in every possible way. This eventually reflects on the child’s behaviour putting them under pressure. Parenting is unquestionably one of the hardest jobs on the planet. However, staying positive and adapting a holistic approach can do wonders in bringing up a child and their overall development.
Understanding Holistic growth
Child growth has never been just about their physical growth. It’s beyond these measures of height, weight and physical appearance that can be scaled or weighed. A right approach towards child development is about ensuring their physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Holistic growth of a child caters to their needs of mind, body and soul. As parents we must create an environment that fosters all round development of the child. A right balance ensures that the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met. I attended an interactive session with well-known doctors, nutritionist and actress Lara Dutta, a celebrity mom, who had a lot to share through her own experiences of motherhood.
Insights from the Abbott – #GrowRight tips launch event
The facts and findings that were discussed by the expert panelists at the event were quite an eye opener for millennial parents. Findings from the recent survey that 9 out of 10 moms are stressed out raised questions about today’s parenting skills. Looking at the alarming figures, Abbott India came up with a valuable resource for parents that combines science and experience to help mothers adopt a holistic and constructive approach while parenting kids. #GrowRight, an initiative @abbottglobal was unveiled by the panel of doctors and vivacious Lara dutta who is also a mother to a 7 yr old. The Grow Right guidelines will help parents adapt a practical approach that is free from stress, social pressures and child friendly.
Highlights of #GrowRight tips
1. Right Nutrition – There is a preconceived notion that relates eating to child’s growth. With the increasing trend of eating outside, child’s health has taken a toll on nutrients. Kids often choose to eat similar food each time; parents usually focus on being full, and ultimately miss out on the nutritional value that is desired from the right food.
A lot can be achieved by cutting down on outside food, focusing on the ingredients then the quantity of food, following structured mealtime, portion control, displaying healthy eating habits and getting them involved in the cooking process, from buying veggies and fruits, to chopping and cooking meals. If practiced regularly, the child’s need of micro and macro nutrients can be met, making them healthy and grow right.
2. Right Play – As per the experts, Growth happens outdoors. With changing trends and lack of spaces, kids are found glued to their screens from a very early age. Children’s playtime has been replaced by structured classes and their play is no more a fun but performance based. These expectations create a huge pressure on a child who is constantly being monitored even while at play.
Studies suggest that a child should get at least a playtime of 3 hours every day, of which one hour should include high intensity physical activity. Free play is crucial in early years of childhood, it is important for healthy brain development. Free play or unstructured play allows children to use their imagination, creativity, to improve upon their dexterity, cognitive and physical ability. Parents are advised to find ways to limit screen time and let them learn to unplug.
3. Right Nurture – All human beings including children need to be nurtured for their good health and well-being. Scheduling child’s routine, playtime, study, meal time, bed time increases productivity and lowers the chances of unexpected demands. Parent’s involvement in child’s day motivates them to do better in life. Parents practicing healthy eating habits have more chances of their children adapting to the same. Acknowledge and praise their good behaviour, at the same time let them learn the meaning of a firm ‘No’. Do not give in to toddler tantrums; however understand the need for them to express how they feel. Regular warm hugs and gentle touches develop a healthy sense of self and contribute to positive brain development.
4. Right impact – Mothers are often made to feel guilty if the new born doesn’t measure as expected on the weighing scale. As per the experts, toddlers aren’t a scorecard for parenting skills. Do not get bogged down or go gaga over child’s physical statistics. Every child grows at a different pace and we need to respect that. As long as the child is growing at a required pace or the standards set by Pediatricians, one need not bother or compare with other children.
With so much information available online, books, television, friends and families, it can be overwhelming for parents to figure out the best for their child. I am sure these Growth tips created by experts will help parents focus on the necessary and bring out the best in their children ensuring overall growth.