Being a mum to Bella I have learnt that in order to raise a healthy child it is no longer enough to just focus on the physical aspect of health. To raise a truly healthy child’s their emotional health must also be nurtured and developed too. So this got me into thinking, when does our understanding of the importance of our own wellbeing truly begin? Well for me I believe it stems from our parents, more specifically our mothers. You see the way in which our mothers speak to us from a young age will unconsciously have a knock on effect on our mental attitude towards health in our future life. For example, if your mother says to you on various occasion “don’t forget to wear a scarf whilst you’re outside otherwise you will catch a cold” your outlook will be very different to someone who’s mothers said, “Here’s a scarf to keep your warm and cosy whilst you’re outside.” It is only a tiny difference but the attitude towards health is very different. And for me developing a positive mental attitude towards our own wellbeing from a young age is essential to not only our health but to happiness too. As such I thought it would be fun to share with you all a few tips and tricks I have picked up over the years –wellbeing childHealthy Eating – As a mother I know first hand how difficult it can be to encourage our children to eat the foods that we know are essential to their overall wellbeing. When our children are young we can easily restrict things. However, as they start to get older, telling them that they simply can’t have sugary treats or over-processed junkie food is far from productive. They will feel like they are being deprived and will more than likely rebel against you – after all anything that is forbidden is far more tempting. As such I like to share with my daughter the real facts regarding foods, so then she can make her own educated choices. In doing this she has learnt that that fruit and vegetables are a great source of energy and because of that, she now can’t seem to get enough of them.wellness child 1Talk About Their Body – Children regardless of gender are fascinated by how their little bodies work, as such I’m a big believe in talking to our children about how strong and unbelievable they really are. Over the last 4 years, I have taught my little girl how her body heal cuts, how her heart works, how her immune system fights off germs / infections and how getting enough sleep each night will make her feel better throughout the day. In doing this I have taught her the importance of getting to know her own body, which I hope will inspire her to really look after it in the future – after all, if you are good to your body, your body is good to you.image2-16Laugh Often – Laughter is one of the strongest healers out there, so much so that when a child laughs they actually release chemicals into their bloodstream, which are necessary for the prevention of some diseases. So have fun and be a little silly together. Each good belly laugh means that both you and your child are becoming more physically and emotionally sound – what’s not to love about that.

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There is no way to be a perfect mother… but there are a million ways to be a good one.