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Peace is a child's laughter.

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." ("The Prophet", Kahlil Gibran)

Quote via Ehden Biber's Substack post "Do not lie to your children".

Children are themselves and need the freedom to be themselves within reasonable safe boundaries. Personality differences can be seen in infants fairly early. Some are peaceful and watch the world go by and others wiggle and squirm and throw things and pull on things. Allowing freedom to explore within their individual comfort range is helping them build more brain pathways and maybe find something to chortle about too!

  • Helpful resource if childhood wasn't always happy: Trauma Causes Emotional Dysregulation: Here's How to Heal It, Anna Runkle @CrappyChildhoodFairy (Youtube)

  • And a Substack post of mine, Children and Fairy tales - is lying okay?, that includes more about Emotional dysregulation and Anna's video and Ehden's post about how children have complete trust - don't lie to them. Children and Fairy tales - is lying okay?.

Child trauma can be from a mild event that the child misunderstood and that misunderstanding may lead to their losing trust in the parent. Lying to children is not a good idea because they need to trust their caregiver. Emotional overeating is also discussed in the post and rhodopsin - why? Why not? Because it contains vitamin A and helps us see in dim light, dusk or moonlight.

An older woman, grandma possibly, in a greenhouse with a grade school age child who is smiling. The greenhouse has raspberry bushes with fruit.
Dark green veggies are vitamin A sources in addition to orange carrots, winter squash, peaches and cantaloupe. Image - Picking raspberries is a fun activity for a child and caregiver!

Let's give kids plenty to laugh about in their lives!

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.


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