What Children Need - Warmth
Warmth is without a doubt one of the most important things that children need and it is one of the most profound gifts we can give them as parents. When we speak of warmth we are not only talking about the warmth of the love they receive from us, but also the physical warmth of their body. During the first decade of their lives, children are developing very rapidly and there are some crucial demands that are placed on them to make it through this process with the developed strength they need to last throughout their lives.
The interesting thing is that in general terms most children always "feel" warm, and usually will not actually complain of being warm unless they are on the verge of hypothermia. Children have a higher metabolic rate than adults and they require much more energy to maintain this increased metabolism.
If children do not have adequate layers of clothing (preferably natural fibers such as wool or organic cotton) to insulate their bodies, they then have to use some of their energy to keep their bodies warm. Instead of this vital energy going towards growth, it goes into the metabolic pathways for maintaining warmth. This energy or vitality is much more important in its role for promoting growth and development, rather than keeping them warm. If children are adequately kept warm, they will be able to channel that vitality towards the development of their vital organs; the liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen, gastrointestinal system, etc... Keeping children warm also helps them to more mount a sufficient immune response when exposed to colds and flus and actually allows them to develop a very healthy immune system.
Tips for getting your child to wear warm clothing:
- Establish a habit of putting on some type of "outside" clothing when going out into cool weather
- Tell them that the clothing will give them more energy which can help them run faster
- Tell them that the clothing will help them have more energy to play
- Explain that not wearing warm "outside" clothing will make their bodies to use alot of their energy to keep them warm and this will mean they won't have as much energy to grow (taller, stronger, faster) and play
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