As proud parents, nothing makes us happier then to see our children flourish and become healthy and happy young adults. If you are like most parents, you obsessed over reading all the baby books to ensure that your newborn received all of the right foods, sleep, and other treatments that would help him or her be healthy. But what about adolescence?
While many parents will focus on academics as way to help their teenager succeed in life, this will only go so far. So many of us adults are ensconced in personal development because we feel like we are catching up on many other important skills because we mostly focused on our “basic education” when we were younger. So if you want to make sure your teenager is well-prepared to become a healthy well-rounded adult, here are three things you can start teaching them now so that they are off to a good start:
1. Nutrition & Diet
Unfortunately, most schools are still teaching the old outdated food pyramid which really does not empower our kids to eat healthy. Whether you follow a Vegan or Paleo diet, it’s important that our kids learn that all food is a nutrient delivery system and its job is to support certain functions of our hormones and organs.
One key factor that teenagers should learn early on is the difference between “eating to live” and “living to eat”. In other words, when food is being used to sustain them versus pleasure. It’s great that kids can eat “pleasure foods” every often, but make sure they understand how to balance those meals and how those foods can affect their moods and spike their insulin.
2. Positive Thinking
One of the greatest tools you can teach your child early on is the power of positive thinking. Begin to start showing them the power of their words and how they choose to perceive every situation they are facing. By instilling this mindset in them at an early age, you will help them begin to see the world with more hope which will catalyze their abilities to succeed in all areas of their life.
3. Find Their Passion
Guiding your child to find what excites them in life is one of the safest ways to ensure that they begin to channel their energy into something that is constructive rather than destructive. As the saying goes, “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop” which is why its so important to help your child find their passion in life so they can start their path on the right foot.
And if you find yourself having a hard time helping your child figure this out, try getting them a life coach who can help support you with this. A coach can help guide your child to find their passion as well as learning how to progress in a healthy and constructive way that will help them build more confidence.
So rather than having your child wait until they are an adult and have to backtrack like so many of us adults have had to do, help your teenager get their life on the fast track to success by teaching them these tools at an early age.