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
Highlights of #GrowRight tips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.