Saturday, 26 March 2011

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The 3 Essential Nutrients for Toddler (3ENS)


Most people consider healthy pysical, intellectual and moral development to be the most important areas in raising children, but putting these theorical goals into practice can be a challenge. As parents, how can we stay on top of things without feeling overwhelmed and inadequate?

For me, the key is to keep it simple so as to stay focus in providing key nutrients to these 3 areas.

I have narrowed down to 3 things, which I consider as daily essential nutrients to my toddler and it requires only 45 minutes in total daily.

3 Essential Nutrients (3ENS)

1. The Essential Toddler's Time with God (Food for the heart and soul)

Teaching J the concept of God daily and it usually takes 15 minutes in all.

The Bible says:

"Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"" - Matthew 4:4

2. The Essential Toddler's Super Porridge Breakfast (Food for the body)

One important meal a day and it usually takes 15 minutes. All the rest are just bonus.

3. The Essential Toddler's Activity (Food for the brain)

One main Montessori activity a day and it usually takes 15 minutes. All the rest are just bonus.

All these priorities start in the morning and the number one also ends at bedtime. When all these are completed first thing first in the morning, I usually do not mind if J doesn't eat well for lunch at the daycare or dinner later at home or if he idles or plays aimlessly and meaninglessly for the rest of the day.

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