The Secret to Successful Kids

My three daughters are the center รูปสาวเน็ตไอดอล of my world. Like all moms I know, I want nothing but the best for them. I want them to live a life that is rich in experiences, and filled with meaningful relationships. I want them to be bold, confident, and to dare to dream. More than anything, I want my girls to believe without the shadow of a doubt that they can be whomever and whatever they choose to be, and that there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Lofty goals? Perhaps, but I want to give them all the ‘tools’ I can for a happy life.

Teaching them a proper mindset and imparting the right values to them is as important as choosing the right learning environment. And I believe that laying down a foundation of healthy life habits is central to helping them reach their full, brilliant potential.

It’s no secret I’ve been researching this since before they were born, and along the way I’ve found some priceless information.

Here are the Five Pillars of Vibrant Health that will allow your child to thrive in and out of school:

1. Daily Routine

Children need routine. Routine establishes an orderly framework that provides comfort. They need their world to be predicable and thrive on sameness and repetition. Knowing what to expect allows your children to be more free, and open to new challenges. Routine provides the safety net that in turns encourages them to be bold and adventurous.

This translates to a mind that is ready to learn and open to new experiences.

Most importantly, routine teaches children how to constructively control themselves and master their environment. It is the foundation of healthy life habits that will set your child up for success through college and beyond.

One of the cornerstones of routine is a regular bedtime. Having a set bedtime allows your child’s body to settle into its proper rhythm and allows sleep to come easily. The nightly ritual that precedes bedtime — brushing teeth, getting into pajamas, and reading — is a sure way to eliminate power struggles between parent and child and allows your child to take charge of their own activities.

2. A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial for children of all ages. All children need a minimum of 9 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night to perform their best. Especially teens! Their bodies are going through tremendous changes, and restorative sleep is essential to their physical and emotional health.

My family learned this the hard way last year with my oldest daughter, who was 14 at the time, and routinely slept 6 to 7 hours. I did not know then, that even when she went to bed on time, she would toss and turn for hours unable to actually sleep. This led to her becoming very sick and missing a significant amount of school.

Sadly this seems to be a rising trend with teens. Today more teens are dealing with severe illness than ever before, and lack of sleep is a key contributor to this problem.

Having trouble falling asleep is not at all unusual for teens. As the world around them quiets down the chatter inside their mind picks up. Anxiety and doubts kick in. The crush they may have on a classmate, or some teen idol, becomes all consuming…

Knowing how to unwind and quiet his mind is the most important skill you can teach your child, whatever the age. A comforting bedtime ritual is essential in accomplishing this. This ritual will vary with the age of your child but the routine of it is key.

Your child’s environment will play a big role in his ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. The ideal setting is a complete blackout, with no distracting pets. So keep the dog, cats, or hamster in another room.

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