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Letter from Publisher: What Every Kid Needs

Aug 04, 2018 06:04PM

Each month has its own sense of place in the calendar, whether driven by weather, special events, family celebrations or annual traditions. August is cherished by most of us from an early age as the last chance for summer vacations before the new school year starts. Excited anticipation wrestles with a bittersweet farewell to summer’s goodness.

Just as healthy development for youngsters requires wholesome education, so positive lifelong learning is critical to being well-adjusted and interesting adults. Our contributions to our own and others’ well-being through the years frequently spring from cornerstones instilled in us as children. In All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, author Robert Fulghum lists some simple rules of living to make this a good world, such as sharing, being kind to one another and balancing work, play and personal growth.

In this month’s feature article by Deborah Shouse, “Simplified Parenting: Why Less Means More Happiness,” we learn the importance of raising kids with less scheduling and stress and more family fun and spontaneity. We include tips from expert Gary Chapman on practical ways to learn and practice a child’s particular love language, be it kindly touch, affirming words, quality time together, gifts or acts of service. Successful parenting supports a child’s deepest need to feel loved and secure. It’s equally true for adults.

Throughout this issue we explore several avenues of wellness and well-being that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As always, the two basic tenets of nutrition and exercise apply. Marlaina Donato shares helpful paths for young people in “Natural Immune Boosters for Kids: How to Power Up Their Defenses.”

During my own school years, our family loved to spend the long summer break at a lake cottage in northern Michigan, a source of my fondest memories. Nature activities and excursions filled our days, and card or board games kept the fun going at night. Being free of electronics and cell phones, the gentle noises and nudges of nature grew us close—it all seemed simple and good, with unscheduled time to play and just be. I’d like to replicate such moments for my loved ones as a vital balance to today’s often overstimulated and overscheduled opportunities.

What you do this and next week and every week builds momentum and memories. A focus on “good for you” activities that nourish body, mind and spirit— like connecting with nature, maintaining a supportive social network and embracing love and gratitude—all support a healthy and lasting foundation. Strengthening ourselves along with the next generation benefits everyone.

Happy summering,

Teona Wright, Publisher

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