When I was a younger mum, I was very innocent and well ignorant actually about nutrition and the effect different foods and the chemicals in them they could have on my children.
As I have matured I realise that these babies come in so pure, their little tastebuds are fresh, fruit is SO sweet, spices are so spicy.
When a preservative or flavour hits their body for the first time it’s like a bomb going off.
I am so glad I worked some of this out before these last babies came into my life, it has made our days much easier!
Food consciousness is such an important part of parenting, not that we withhold treats, sugar or whatever we are just more aware of the timing for handing them out and in manageable quantities.
I think completely withholding the treats of this world from kids can also have a negative affect… but once again it is more about the attitude than the action.
Oh parenting…. we are in a very powerful position that seems to come with a lot of responsibility….having said that it also comes equipped with the solutions, if we can slow down and breathe deeply enough to allow them to surface.
SO even though Christmas is FUN it is also highly energetic with different people/different dynamics, sugar highs and lows, fatigue from excitement, preparing food and gifts till late, and getting up before dawn!
We CAN make it a less stressful day and put out fruit, fruit juice and water in the morning, play calming or classical music if possible, encourage kids to stop every now and then during the day…. maybe even slow the pace of gift giving and give the time to truly appreciate the moment….