Food for thought

Teach them to fish…

I’ve already shared that the lifestyle change I’ve made is not only about me, but it’s about my entire family.  I’m changing because I want to love them more in the way they deserve… so that means I have to continue to be more of me, and live that on purpose.  I have to also continue to learn ways to help make healthy accessible for everyone in my house.

We probably all know the Chinese proverb…. “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

With school back in session, I decided to get a little more organized with lunches, and after school meal prep.  But, I’ve also decided that I need to start giving my kids more responsibility for their own nutrition and work with them to make healthy decisions.  With the hope, that they will embrace that responsibility and continue to make healthy decisions even beyond this time they live with me.

Daily lunch prep has always been taken care of by myself or my husband.  This year I decided to switch it up a bit.

Step 1:   Make options and let them choose.   I did some research on Pinterest, and found so many great ideas for healthy lunch prep… and many posts about setting up stations or options for kids to pack their own lunches.  What a great time savings!  Prep everything, stage it… allow them to choose based on their schedules how much food they think they may need… and guide them through the process to help them learn… and I’m pretty sure I’ll be learning along with them.  Win! win!

Step 2:   Kids make a meal prep menu, together buy the ingredients, and kids stage. it might be awhile before we get here… but it’s the goal!  Stay tuned…

I really want to make sure my kids know more about food than how to scramble eggs, make PB&J, and eat chips… I want them to be equipped when they go off to college to eat healthy, cook or prep for themselves, and have a lifestyle that allows them to feel great and be in control!  They are learning by watching me figure all this out… but, I want to truly teach them how to fish.  So I’m starting today!

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

God doesn’t promise if we teach our children about Him, that they won’t make mistakes or even venture off the path…  We all have free will.  But, by having the knowledge of God’s grace and mercy, and growing up in a house that believes, they are well equipped to put their faith as a priority as they mature into adults.  … developing knowledge to have a strong foundation based on hope, love, forgiveness, humility, etc.

The seeds you are planting today in your child’s life will grow.  Every decision you make, every teach-able moment, every hug, every time you pray together, when you simply listen… or when you teach them how to take care of themselves (inside and out), etc.  You may not see it immediately, but you are making a difference.   Our job as parents isn’t to “grow” them, that’s God’s responsibility.  Our responsibility is stay focused on Him, providing an example for them to see, and to keep guiding or consulting them on how to make decisions in accordance to His word.  As parents, we simply offer them the truth, and through that it allows God to work on their hearts.

Stay encouraged parents!  xoxo

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