Bodily health is key to mental health and to learning. So if your family’s lifestyle could use some tweaking, please hear me out and check out these links, which go a little deeper into the “why” of healthy habits..
First, sleep. Sleep appears to be doing nothing, right? In fact, inside your body, it’s just the opposite. Sleep is when your body gets to do stuff like clear your brain of toxins, rebuild cells, reset glucose levels, and much, much more. Before reading further, see this article for at least eight ways our bodies are being regenerated during sleep. Read all about the cool things that happen when you sleep here.
So if sleep is an issue for anyone in your family, see if you can find appropriate answers for your family though websites, your doctor, or books.
Second, eat real food, and make sure your kids do also. In fact, if you eat well then it’s likely that they will too. You will witness better behavior, health, and learning.
Then, of course there’s the whole video game/screen time thing, which has a lot to do with the health of today’s families. It’s not just about the time spent in front of a screen, it’s about what the time is spent on. There is a difference between interactive, creative video games and violent ones. There’s a difference between talking to grandma on a video chat and texting during dinner. There are many conversations that families need to have around all this.
For starters, I really like this article because it’s realistic and not fear based. Instead of putting hours next to ages of kids, it takes into account the quality of different activities. And I love the input from kids. The main thing is, think about the purpose of each screen activity and what the benefits or detriments there are to each one. Figure out how much is too much for you and your kids and balance it with exercise and getting outdoors.
One more thing I want to add, which you won’t see as an immediate effect in the short term, but could effect your kids’ health later in life…
There is a lot of current research which shows that people (and especially kids) should never hold a laptop on their lap or a phone up to their ear. These devices emit radio frequencies that are harmful to the brain and body. The bad effects of these types of radiation are lessened in relation to how far the device is from the body. In other words, the farther away, the better, unless you purchase a shielding product, such as those available throughDefender Shield.
When I was growing up in houses and buildings filled with second-hand smoke, it wasn’t considered a big deal. Neither was lead paint or lead in gasoline. It takes a long time for research to overcome public perception and industry deception. The research is always there, decades before the general public catches on.
Please, be in the first wave of people to be smart about this. If you want to learn more, the best book I’ve found on the topic (with 388 5-star ratings) is https://www.amazon.com/Non-Tinfoil-Guide-EMFs-Stupid-Technology-ebook/dp/B078KKQW6D
Here’s to happy, healthy homeschooling!