The term “holistic” means that an entire system is involved. When this term applies to parenting it refers to the parenting strategy that focuses on developing the child’s mind, body and soul. If you want to become one of the many holistic moms out there then this is what you need to know.
The first component of a person is their mind. Their intelligence and their emotional development are linked to mind development. As a holistic mom you need to take steps to ensure your child is getting the proper emotional support through their development, as well as the proper intellectual support through their development. Emotional support is going to come from you and your parenting partner. It includes unconditional love, open communication and affection. Intellectual support will come from a variety of players, however, you are responsible for leading the team of educators for your child. This means that if your child is struggling that you ensure they have access to additional help and support and if they are bored with their education that you find ways to challenge their minds once again.
The development of the body relies on physical exercise, proper health care and proper nutrition. Physical exercise can be facilitated through family sports, family activities, physical education and school sports. Proper health care includes well child visits, annual check ups, screenings for diseases and physical impairments and regular visits to the dentists and eye doctor. Finally, proper nutrition is facilitated through healthy, well balanced meals. You can enhance the quality of your child’s nutrition by buying organic whenever possible, by adjusting ingredients to meet your child’s nutritional needs and by providing healthy alternatives to normal junk foods.
Soul Develop/Spiritual Development
While many parents today provide their children with guidance for their mind and body, many forget to guide their child’s spiritual development. This third element of holistic parenting is just as important as the other two elements. It includes the development of morals, values, character and religious understanding. All of these things can be facilitated through being a good role model, through the establishment of rules and boundaries and through exposure to religious teachings. Teaching kids right from wrong is not something that you can do remotely. In order to be an effective role model you have to become a part of your child’s life and be an active role model for them in how to treat other people, how to deal with stress and how to be a loving parent and partner.