The 4 in KidsFirst4Ever stands for the four guiding principles of our children's development: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. These principles must be focused on from infancy and nurtured throughout our children's lives.
How do these principles fit into building a better future for our nation?
Our children's physical health is essential for ensuring they grow up to be strong and healthy. Our passion is ensuring kids grow and develop as physically healthy as possible. Avoiding toxins and getting real food and proper nutrients are vital for physical health. Love, healthy touch, and bodywork are essential for ensuring our children are as physically healthy as possible. No child thrives when ignored, left alone, or without hugs, love, and nurture.
Emotionally, growing up, we were always told, "You are okay." DeeDee saw first-hand how deadly the effect of those three words truly can be. Her sister was heavily impacted by this mentality. She was always told that she was okay when she wasn't. This taught her that when she wasn't okay that she needed to be okay. Emotionally unstable, she turned to drugs to self-medicate to "fix" her problems. This was her way of feeling okay. Dr. Paul saw this pattern repeated in some of his own children. There can be a sense of abandonment when your parent tells you that you are okay, but you don't feel okay! We need to pay attention to what our children feel emotionally to raise them healthily. We need to encourage our children to communicate their feelings, and we as parents need to provide a safe environment for them to do so. Our children need to know that they are loved and cared for unconditionally.
How we talk to and treat our children has an extreme impact on them mentally that affects their development as individuals. DeeDee will be introducing Living room logic which represents a passion of hers to help parents understand that bringing our kids back to our living room and communicating with them respectfully and as individuals helps raise them in a way that shares our values and what is best reflected in what we need in our world.
When it comes to spirituality with our kids, it is all about Faith over Fear. We need to teach our kids to love first. Paying attention to the energy our children are putting into this world helps raise spiritually healthy children that drive their souls' purpose.
Our passion is to be able to inspire families to raise their children with a focus on these four principles. We are here to be supportive and coach families when struggles exist. We are all on a journey to discover, embrace and share the love.