Review of Christian Parenting: Stress Survival Guide

Stress is a major part of everyone’s day-to-day life. Certain activities we do, or situations going on around us are not always within our control, and sometimes we end up hurting the ones we were intending to protect in the first place.

Reading through the book, it made me realize that in the end it would always be about how much you value yourself that would help you get through these struggles. By taking care of yourself, you ensure the happiness of those around you – providing your family a stress-free environment.

The book has given me a lot of different ideas to guide me – like a simple exercise before I get out of bed, or writing down a list of accomplishments to make myself feel proud. All of us really do need some time for our selves and evaluate the things we do and why we do them – to remind ourselves of how important it is to take care of our own body, because whatever happens to us affects the people around us too.

The book reminds us that our faith in God, believing that He always provides, will guide us that no matter how complicated a situation might look, each of us can get through it.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
--Isaiah 43:2

Phoebe Balde

Phillipines

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The Way Parents Help Their Children Eat Right

When it comes to helping your children develop and grow properly, it is vital that you ensure that you children have a healthy, balanced diet. Many parents help their children to eat properly, but there are many more parents who simply don't care about what kind of junk or unhealthy food their children eat. Being a parent is a big responsibility, and it is vital that you do what you can to help your kids eat properly.

Why is eating right so important?

Many children around the world suffer from a number of chronic illnesses or diseases, and you would be surprised at how many of these illnesses are the result of a poor diet. Obesity is becoming more common in the world, and many obese children suffer from diabetes. Having a good diet is the best way to ensure that your child grows into a strong, healthy adolescent and adult.

When you feed the wrong kinds of food to your children, you contribute to poor health in their lives. You could cause them to end up stunted or short, frail, sickly, prone to illness, or even subject to drastic mood swings. Ensuring that their children follow a balanced and healthy diet is the way that many parents help their children develop properly.

What does "Eating Right" mean for my children?

Every child is different, and every human body processes food in a different way. Some children tend to have a faster metabolism, and the food they eat doesn't have as much effect on the overall physical condition. However, children with slower metabolism are often those that suffer from obesity, and this lower metabolism can be counteracted by following a proper diet.

Here are some ways that parents help their kids to eat right:

  • Try to eat at the same time every day, and don't let your children eat snacks throughout the day. Eating at the same time helps your children get their bodies accustomed to regular meals, and they won't feel the desire to snack. Withholding snacks from them during the day will help them to be hungry when meal time rolls around.
  • Try to cook food that is healthy. Reduce the amount of oil and fried foods that you serve your children, and try to focus on baked, grilled, boiled, and steamed foods. Rather than using a lot of oil to make your food tastier, slowly wean your children off greasy foods to enjoying food that is healthier.
  • Try to avoid eating out more than once a week. Saving eating out for a special occasion is a good way to have something special to do with your kids, and it also gives you a good deal more control over the food that they eat and how it is prepared. When you do go out to eat, try to go to places that offer healthy choices. Instead of spending money at McDonalds three times a week, being able to eat at a nicer restaurant once a week is a good way to ensure that you eat food that is high quality and prepared well.
  • Have your kids help you select their menu, and allow them to make the choices of the healthy food that they want to eat. Remove unhealthy choices from the list of meals that you will prepare, but make sure that the other healthy choices are still appetizing and attractive for them. Allowing them to choose their meals will help them to enjoy the healthy choice they have made.
  • Rather than sending snack or junk food with your kids to school, try to send them food that will actually benefit their health. A bag of trail mix is surprisingly healthy, and even simple peanuts and raisins will be a much better choice than a bag of chips and cookies.
  • Get rid of any junk food in your house, and train your kids to eat healthier when they are at home. If they want cookies, you can have a fun baking project in which you prepare healthy, homemade cookies with them. Eliminate the concept of a "snack cupboard" in your home, and keep your home free from junk.

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