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7 Effective Tips for Your Child’s Positive Growth

7 Effective Tips for Your Child’s Positive Growth

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    As parents, we always want our child (or children) to be physically as well as mentally healthy. We do not want to commit even a small mistake that can hamper our child’s growth. Moreover, a good start will surely help your child to live their dreams. We can understand that parenting is not easy especially when you take this responsibility for the first time. So, here we will share some basic and effective tips for your child’s healthy growth.

    1. Balanced Diet

    The human growth hormone (HGH), secreted by the pituitary gland, controls the growth of a child. One must eat the food that triggers this gland to release HGH. Feed your child with a diet rich in calcium, vitamins, minerals and especially proteins. The top food products that stimulate growth hormone in a child’s body include grains (brown rice, wheat flour, whole grain pasta, multi-grain bread, etc. ), fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, oatmeal, soybeans, spinach and fish products.

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    Also, try to add food products rich in zinc to the diet. These products include wheat germ, peanuts, pumpkin, squash seeds, and crab. Special attention should be paid to the food until your child reaches the adolescent age.

    2. A positive environment

    A lot of changes take place in the body of a baby in the first few years. During this period, parents and family members must ensure that the environment surrounding their baby is happy, full of stimulation, comfortable and positive. Do interact a lot with your child. The more you interact, the better your child’s communication skills will be in future. Active interaction promotes the growth of the child’s mind. This practice should be continued, as a positive and healthy environment is very necessary for the development of your child.

    3. Physical activity

    From the age of 2 years, you must start engaging your child in various physical activities. For the child in the age group of 2-5 years, dance classes and running are some of the best activities. During 6-12 years, biking, running, playing sports are necessary for his growth. These would help him/her to grow physically. Make sure that your child is engaged in some of the extra-curricular activities organized at his/her school. If the child learns how to maintain the right balance between studies and other activities at this stage, then believe us, he/she can do wonders later in life. When the child enters the teenage years, he/she can play sports like basketball, badminton, tennis, football, etc. and stay fit.

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    Yoga also plays a great role in promoting growth and development. Sun salutation, tree pose, etc. are some of the best yoga postures. Yoga should be practiced by your child when he/she is older.

    4. HGH supplements

    These are the supplements that could help you increase your kid’s height and weight. A lot of HGH supplements are available in the market, but don’t go for any random one amongst them. You must research properly about an HGH supplement and then choose one for your child.

    Whether it is effective or not? Whether it will have any adverse effect on your child’s health?

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    Go for these supplements only when the doctors suggest you to, and nothing else is working out for improving your child’s growth. Avoid using these in the early stages of development. Do not overuse them—what effects they have on a person in the later phases of life needs to be studied more.

    5. High-intensity workouts

    Children under 16 years of age are not recommended to lift weights. That could, in fact, hamper your child’s growth. This is the age when only high-intensity workouts or sports are suggested. Sports like basketball, tennis, and badminton are the best for your child as they involve jumping, which increases height.

    6. Sleep

    There are certain things that we might neglect but are of utmost importance. Proper sleeping hours and sleeping patterns also affect your child’s growth. Maximum growth hormone stimulation takes place when you sleep. Not only this, but good sleep also calms the mind and enhances efficiency. The best sleeping hours are from 10 pm to 4 am. Make sure that your child sleeps early at night. According to the National Sleep Foundation report published in the year 2015, children of the age group 3-5 years need 10-13 hours of sleep, school-age children between 6-13 years should sleep for around 9-11 hours a day. Teenagers should take a proper sleep of 8-10 hours.

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    7. Other Factors

    Various other factors can also hamper your child’s growth. Make sure your child is not addicted to any drugs or alcohol. These things have a terrible effect on your child’s health as well as growth. Further, your child should be stress-free. Especially in the adolescence period, the child can experience immense internal as well as external pressure. Parents should teach their kids how to tackle their problems and lead a stress-free life. These factors are more prominent in teenagers, so parents must take care that the child has a happy attitude and is not under any mental pressure. Apart from this, do not let your child be a social media maniac or gaming freak at an early stage because that could affect your child’s growth negatively.

    So, these are some of the very effective parenting tips that might help you a lot in promoting proper growth and development of your child. We hope you will follow them and also share them with others so that each one could get the most out of these simple parenting hacks.

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    Published on February 11, 2021

    3 Positive Discipline Strategies That Are Best For Your Child

    3 Positive Discipline Strategies That Are Best For Your Child

    I’m old enough to remember how the cane at school was used for punishment. My dad is old enough to think that banning corporal punishment in schools resulted in today’s poorly disciplined youth. With all of this as my early experiences, there was a time when I would have been better assigned to write about how to negatively discipline your child.

    What changed? Thankfully, my wife showed me different approaches for discipline that were very positive. Plus, I was open to learning.

    What has not changed is that kids are full of problems with impulses and emotions that flip from sad to happy, then angry in a moment. Though we’re not that different as adults with stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and stimulants such as sugar and caffeine in our diets.

    Punishment as Discipline?

    What this means is that we usually take the easy path when a child misbehaves and punish them. Punishment may solve an isolated problem, but it’s not really teaching the kids anything useful in the long term.

    Probably it’s time for me to be clear about what I mean by punishment and discipline as these terms are often used interchangeably, but they are quite different.

    Discipline VS. Punishment

    Punishment is where we inflict pain or suffering on our child as a penalty. Discipline means to teach. They’re quite the opposite, but you’ll notice that teachers, parents, and coaches often confuse the two words.

    So, as parents, we have to have clear goals to teach our kids. It’s a long-term plan—using strategies that will have the longest-lasting impact on our kids are the best use of our time and energy.

    If you’re clear about what you want to achieve, then it becomes easier to find the best strategy. The better we are at responding when our kids misbehave or do not follow our guidance, the better the results are going to be.

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    3 Positive Discipline Strategies for Your Child

    Stay with me as I appreciate that a lot of people who read these blogs do not always have children with impulse control. We’ve had a lot of kids in our martial arts classes that were the complete opposite. They had concentration issues, hyperactive, and disruptive to the other children.

    The easy solution is to punish their parents by removing the kids from the class or punish the child with penalties such as time outs and burpees. Yes, it was tempting to do all of this, but one of our club values is that we pull you up rather than push you down.

    This means it’s a long-term gain to build trust and confidence, which is destroyed by constant punishments.

    Here are the discipline strategies we used to build trust and confidence with these hyperactive kids.

    1. Patience

    The first positive discipline strategy is to simply be patient. The more patient you are, the more likely you are to get results. Remember I said that we need to build trust and connection. You’ll get further with this goal using patience.

    As a coach, sometimes I was not the best person for this role, but we had other coaches in the club that could step in here. As a parent, you may not have this luxury, so it’s really important to recognize any improvements that you see and celebrate them.

    2. Redirection

    The second strategy we use is redirection. It’s important with a redirection to take “no” out of the equation. Choices are a great alternative.

    Imagine a scenario where you’re in a restaurant and your kid is wailing. The hard part here is getting your child to stop screaming long enough for you to build a connection. Most parents have calming strategies and if you practice them with your child, they are more likely to be effective.

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    In the first moment of calm, you can say “Your choice to scream and cry in public is not a good one. It would be best to say, Dad. What can I do to get ice-cream?” You can replace this with an appropriate option.

    The challenge with being calm and redirecting is that we need to be clear-minded, focused, and really engaged at the moment. If you’re on your phone, talking with friends or family, thinking about work or the bills, you’ll miss this opportunity to discipline in a way that has long-term benefits.

    3. Repair and Ground Rules

    The third positive discipline strategy is to repair and use ground rules. Once you’ve given the better option and it has been taken, you have a chance to repair this behavior to lessen its occurrence to better yet, prevent it from happening again. And by setting appropriate ground rules, you can make this a long-term win by helping your child improve their behavior.

    It’s these ground rules that help you correct the poor choices of your child and direct the behavior that you want to see.

    Consequences Versus Ultimatums

    When I was a child and being punished. My parents worked in a busy business for long hours, so their default was to go to ultimatums. “Do that again and you’re grounded for a week,” or “If I catch you doing X, you’ll go to bed without dinner”.

    Looking back, this worked to a point. But the flip side is that I remembered more of the ultimatums than the happier times. I’ve learned through trial and error with my own kids that consequences are more effective while not breaking down trust.

    What to Do When Ground Rules Get Broken?

    It’s on the consequences that you use when the ground rules are broken.

    In the martial arts class, when the hyperactive student breaks the ground rules. They would miss a turn in a game or go to the back of the line in a queue. We do not want to shame the child by isolating them. But on the flip side, there should be clear ground rules and proportionate consequences.

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    Yes, there are times when we would like to exclude the student from the class, the club, and even the universe. Again, it’s here that patience is so important and probably impulse control too. With an attainable consequence, you can maintain trust and you’re more likely to get the long-term behavior that you’re looking to achieve.

    Interestingly, we would occasionally hear a strategy from parents that little Kevin has been misbehaving at home with his sister or something similar. He likes martial arts training, so the parent would react by removing Kevin from the martial arts class as a punishment.

    We would suggest that this would remove Kevin from an environment where he is behaving positively. Removing him from this is likely to be detrimental to the change you would like to see. He may even feel shame when he returns to the class and loses all the progress he’s made.

    Alternatives to Punishment

    Another option is to tell Kevin to write a letter to his sister, apologizing for his behavior, and explaining how he is going to behave in the future.

    If your child is too young to write, give the apology face to face. For the apology to feel sincere, there is some value to pre-framing or practicing this between yourself and your child before they give it to the intended person.

    Don’t expect them to know the ground rules or what you’re thinking! It will be clearer to your child and better received with some practice. You can practice along the lines of: “X is the behavior I did, Y is what I should have done, and Z is my promise to you for how I’m going to act in the future.” You can replace XYZ with the appropriate actions.

    It does not need to be a letter or in person, it can even be a video. But there has to be an intention to repair the broken ground rule. If you try these strategies, that is become fully engaged with them and you’re still getting nowhere.

    But what to do if these strategies do not work? Then there is plenty to gain by seeking the help of an expert. Chances are that something is interfering or limiting their development.

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    This does not mean that your child has a neurological deficiency, although this may be the root cause. But it means that you can get an objective view and help on how to create the changes that you would like to see. Remember that using positive discipline strategies is better than mere punishment.

    There are groups that you can chat with for help. Family Lives UK has the aim of ensuring that all parents have somewhere to turn before they reached a crisis point. The NSPCC also provides a useful guide to positive parenting that you can download.[1]

    Bottom Line

    So, there your go, the three takeaways on strategies you can use for positively disciplining your child. The first one is about you! Be patient, be present, and think about what is best for the long term. AKA, avoid ultimatums and punishment. The second is to use a redirect, then repair and repeat (ground rules) as your 3-step method of discipline.

    Using these positive discipline strategies require you to be fully engaged with your child. Again, being impulsive breaks trust and you lose some of the gains you’ve both worked hard to achieve.

    Lastly, consequences are better than punishment. Plus, avoid shaming, especially in public at all costs.

    I hope this blog has been useful, and remember that you should be more focused on repairing bad behavior because being proactive and encouraging good behavior with rewards, fun, and positive emotions takes less effort than repairing the bad.

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    Reference

    [1] NSPCC Learning: Positive parenting

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