♥ Kirri from Kirri White Coaching
♥ Angela from Conscious Community
“For healthy, happy, holistic children, look to nature for inspiration. There is an inherent connection between nature, our health and our inner selves, which we can awaken and nurture in our children by consciously choosing the natural alternatives in our everyday lives.
Look to natural foods; natural health care; natural body care products; toys and clothing and bedding created from natural materials; for these will nourish our children’s bodies and gift them with vibrant health in both body and mind. Embrace the natural environment as an adventure playground to inspire imagination and free play and much laughter, with ever-changing scenery as each day moves from dawn to dusk, and each season flows into the next. Adopt a peaceful and respectful parenting philosophy based on rhythm and reverence and gratitude, and our children will journey with us on our path to a truly holistic way of life.”
♥ Alisha from Naughty Naturopath Mum
“I think the best way to bring up my children to be happy is to stay with them at their level all the time. Each child is so individual and we need to let THEM lead us in terms of what they are ready for next. Childhood is so short and precious and to allow them to be who they want at every stage, without forcing our own notions, ideas and comparisons on them, is paramount. I think they will be happy if they are loved, affirmed, praised often and allowed to grow at their own pace. As for keeping them healthy, teaching them to grow their own food, shop for produce at fresh food markets and get them to help out in the preparation and cooking of the food from an early age. They will find out on their own about unhealthy foods from their own experiences but you hope they will always come back to what is instilled in them from birth at home. Getting them outdoors and into nature whether it’s the park, the bush, the beach…..as often as possible so their appreciation for nature and movement within it is also instilled from an early age.”
♥ Kristen from Street Organics
“Treat your children as emerging adults, with all the respect and dignity you would want for yourself. Children won’t respect you if they feel patronised! And use humour wherever you can! Childhood is too short to be serious about it!”
♥ Ann-Marie from Sanctus Stones Motivational Jewellery
♥Brenda from Brenda Janscheck Health and Lifestyle
“I bring up my kids in a happy, holistic way by providing them nutritious organic real food, keeping them active, having lots of snuggles, and at night at bedtime we talk about all the things we are grateful for, have more snuggles, and end the day with a couple of minutes of mindful breathing.”
♥ Lou from Yogi Tree
“I raise my son to be healthy and happy by trying not to sweat the small stuff…. If I am stressed out then how can I be a good Mama? Keeping things simple is key. Good nutritious food, lots of outdoor fun, and not taking anything too seriously…. I try and look at things from my toddler’s point of view = life is one HUGE adventure.”
♥ Nicola from The Yogic Housewife
“Let them be who they are. We spend so much time dictating how they act, what they wear and where they go that they don’t get much time to be themselves. As an adult you have to dig deep to find your light. Let their light shine brightly from birth. We are all different, unique creatures and that is truly wonderous.
I try to instill in my children gratitude for what they have and the freedom to enjoy their lives. I explain to them why we eat healthy – it’s the key to a long and happy life. I want them (and I) to be present as much as possible and just be in the moment by doing things they love and feeling safe in the love we have for them.”
♥ Bek from Author Rebecca Mugridge
“The best way of raising healthy, happy down to earth kids is by leading a healthy, happy and down to earth life yourself. Something really powerful you can do to enrich your children’s lives is to spend time outside. Kids benefit greatly from unhurried time spent in nature. They have an amazing knack of connecting with the natural world and discovering its treasures. They view the world around them with awe and appreciate it enough to see the magic out there. The combination of fresh air, sunshine, wonder, play based learning, exercise and calmness of nature time is priceless.”
♥Robyn from Overcoming Overwhelm
‘Whatever you won’t accept as a 14-year-old, start when they’re 3.’ and ‘Choose your battles.’
♥ Collette from Cut out the Crap
I believe the easiest and most important way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and eating is to “live by example” …. I can’t expect my children to eat healthy nutritious food if I don’t!
♥Kristin from Mamacino
“My tip for bringing up kids in a healthy, happy, holistic way is to love them like crazy and always be on their side. Celebrate who they are and respect what is important to them. Listen to them, talk to them and try to be the person you want them to grow in to.”
♥ Vanessa from Superfood for Kidz
“These gorgeous kids are my reason for doing what I do – their allergies, illnesses and little quirks have changed my life I’m grateful for my life taking a different path – I’ve been lucky enough to see the difference using food as medicine has made in my family and want to help others experience the joy for themselves.”
♥ Lisa from Happy Tummies
“I like to teach my children to be grateful and that there is always something to be grateful for. For the happy lives they lead, the people in their lives that love them and the ‘stuff’ that they’ve collected. I’m pretty busy like all mums so I try to make time for the small things that matter to kids like a tea party afternoon tea, a story before bed and a cute note occasionally in their lunchbox. I try to make them all feel special.”
♥ Linzi from The Lice Fairy
♥ Sabeen from Mumchic
“Most importantly, I try to equip my children everyday with the knowledge that they are loved and protected. Little reminders , a cuddle, a kiss, a kind word or even a surprise note in the lunch box are all wonderful reaffirmations. Believe in their dreams, trust their gut, it does wonders for their self-esteem and confidence. And humour – knowing that I have a sense of humour and won’t mind a joke or two makes them happy little campers! And they absolutely LOVE when I go all Bollywood on them 🙂
♥ Sonia from Natural New Age Mum
My advice when raising children to be happy, healthy and holistic is to be authentic. You are the perfect mother for your children, because they chose you. Approach parenting with an open heart, listen to your intuition and do your best. You might like to read this blog post I did – The only three things you need to know to be a good mum.
Have a very happy Mother’s Day!