A healthy lifestyle is vastly underrated in the present times. The power of having a healthy lifestyle is such that it can take you a long way in terms of treating a disease and preventing it in the first place. Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho in his recent video on Facebook talks about raising children in the right and healthy way by educating them and making them aware of healthy lifestyle habits. He primarily focuses on children between the ages 2 to 7, which are the formative years of a child’s future.
Luke says that ages 2 to 7 is the hypnotic stage of a child. This means that whatever your child goes through at this stage, starts forming in his/her subconscious mind. 95% of your subconscious mind – which controls majority of your life – is formed during childhood.
Activities like brushing teeth every morning, driving safely etc are done using your subconscious mind. The values and practices that you teach your child at this age are going to stay with him/her throughout life.
For instance, children who watch violence or anger or any negative emotions on the television, it tends to stay with them forever. This is why the age-old tradition of not allowing children to watch any and every kind of content on TV has worked wonders for parents in the past.
Also read: 5 Things You Should Not Say In Front Of Your Kids
What to teach your child between the ages 2-7?
1. Avoid telling things out of fear
Luke mentions in his video that telling your children things like ‘avoid sugar because it can cause cancer’, is extremely wrong. Firstly, things like these are factually wrong and secondly this fear only grows in the child’s subconscious mind over the years. Caution children about healthy and unhealthy foods, the right quantities in which they should be eating them and how too much of anything is bad for health. Choose your words wisely and avoid teaching them anything out of authority and fear.
2. Choose what you need to tell your child
Try to show your child the good and bad of everything. Do not teach your children to hate food. Don’t tell about the foods that are bad. In fact, tell them all about the foods which are great for your health. Teach them to value food, the importance of family, love, care, relationship, respect and manners.