Many parents are realizing too late that they should have done more to help their child succeed with academic, sport and mental wellness.
If you are a parent with a goal of higher education for your child, you have likely done your homework on what elementary, higher level and supplemental educational institution your child should attend. If the cultured arts are important to you, your child may already be several years into a desired instrumental practice. And, if you have desires of keeping the childhood energy under control while achieving well-needed exercise and sportsmanship you may already think between seasons about what sports prep and conditioning is needed to develop your child's optimal athletic performance. All of these are wonderful avenues well worth exploring for brain-body development. But, have you thought about your child’s overall wellness portfolio?
A wellness portfolio takes a holistic look at your child’s metabolism. After all, this is a key system working extremely hard to support the end result you desire. This portfolio contains the most important information about whether your child simply does well, as a result of your planned exposure, or exceeds to elite performance - because of the wellness portfolio’s completely defined information, uniquely created for your child’s continual success.
Your child can attend the top educational institutions but, ultimately, we all know that a child’s success depends on their ability to understand what is taught to them, absorb that information and be able to recall content with efficiency to achieve excellence at various levels. This is academics. Neural brain development through sensory experiences that foster learning. But what fosters the best neural brain development for your child at each stage of their life? What does their unique body need to accomplish educational goals from a metabolic level? How can we ensure that the internal environment is as well managed as the academic path? This is part of what is defined in your child’s wellness portfolio.
Practice makes perfect, right? We desire our youth to have good sportsmanship, to play hard, compete fair, and go for the gold. For a non-athlete student, playing is simply a joyful past-time. For an athlete, play is work and they tend to play harder as they mature. Not only does the brain need to be in top shape for peak performance, but so does the cardiovascular system and the musculoskeletal systems. These systems, along with the metabolism, must obtain the proper care to function at the levels desired. This is also part of what is defined in your child’s wellness portfolio.
Similar to sports, performing arts are usually accompanied by much practice, repetitive motions and an expectation that the more you try the better you will become. But, have we ever stopped to think that a violinist can develop muscle imbalances from holding their instrument as quickly as a soccer player from kicking the ball only with their right foot? Or have we wondered about the metabolic and physical exhaustion that a pianist can develop being similar to that of a student swimmer, each practicing hours a day, many days a week? The internal metabolism and the external physical frame of our children have serious needs when the demands on them are high. This is where a wellness portfolio is just as important as the practice itself.
Mental health is often an area overlooked by many parents. As little children, outbursts may be labeled as just temper tantrums, in early adolescence as puberty, and if a child, unfortunately, develops severe issues as a teen, medications with hefty side effects may be introduced. On the other hand, if a child enters puberty quietly and obediently, it may seem that all is well. But adolescents strongly seek social acceptance from peers and parents alike, which means that they often avoid standing out or speaking up when things are going awry internally. For proper mental health, we need to not only know what should be in our child’s wellness portfolio, but it is critically important to know what SHOULDN’T be there as well. These warnings can protect your child from downfalls that can hinder development and proper functioning in any area of the body, including the brain and the metabolism.
In order for your child to have the best opportunities in life, she or he will have to be able to get through the day. This makes nutrition the top priority for children. Not only are they growing at rapid rates but their brains are developing and creating new neurons that are expected to properly keep their changing bodies functioning into adulthood.
A quick question: Would you build your house with rotting wood or install the electrical wires without the protective sheaths? Likewise, your children need the proper nutritional tools to coordinate walking, running, competing and memorizing complex data, all while controlling their behavior and developing positive relationships. But, if they are allowed to consume foods that do not supply enough nutritive quality to develop the body, it breaks down. And if the neurons in the brain have improper myelin sheaths then ultimately the metabolic system under constructing will have faults and failures. But with the proper wellness portfolio, you will ensure that your child has what he or she truly needs to grow.
SOLUTION: The Wellness Portfolio
A great solution is available. Create a Wellness Portfolio for your child from elementary school through high school. A Wellness Portfolio is a plan for your child, developed with a wellness professional, which maps out the metabolic and physical needs for your child’s future.
Youth MAP (Metabolic Activation Plan) Assessment
This is an assessment to identify the unique needs of your child and their metabolism. It covers the assessment of all the critical areas for your child, including:
- Physical Fitness Needs
- Nutrition Patterns and Needs
- Mental Functionality
- Social & Hormonal Needs
- Metabolic Activity
The MAP Assessment is designed to provide information that will allow a Wellness Plan of Care to be created at each development stage in your child’s life.
Wellness Plan of Care
The Wellness Plan of Care (WPC) is defined to address the areas of need for your youth. Where there is a deficiency in balance for the particular stage in your child’s life, the WPC will define how to overcome it. The WPC is extremely educational to parents and youth alike. In fact, as puberty approaches it will provide a sturdy bridge of communication and understanding between parents and children.
This plan should expand with your child, changing as developmental growth occurs. Your child is not stagnant, nor should the WPC be. One size will never fit all, so siblings, necessarily, will have varying needs.
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