Nutrition for the Whole Self This Fruit and Vegetable Month!
When I was informed this month was Fruits and Veggies — More Matters! Month I thought to myself, “What a great topic! But, really, what does that have to do with puberty, adolescence, and sexuality?” So, to get the wheels turning, I went right to my refrigerator and stuffed myself with “brain” food.
The obvious answer to “How do fruits and veggies apply to our teens and tweens?” is our courses address the fact that healthy nutrition and hygiene are vitally important during these formative years, yet nutrition is just a portion of what it takes to mold a healthy child.
Especially in our Puber-Tea, Guy Talk and Rites of Passage courses, we creatively address the importance of not only taking good care of one’s body, but that eating healthy during the tween and teen years can have an impact on the years to come. In class, we stress using products that do not contain a lot of chemicals, such as deodorants versus antiperspirants, and also suggest eating sweets and highly processed fats in foods in moderation.
Parents frequently come up after class and thank us for supporting what they have been trying to get across to their children: that good nutrition is part of good self-care. But this message oftentimes falls on deaf ears due to their child’s selective hearing. That’s where our courses come in. Suddenly, during class, the light bulb goes on and the child finally understands why using a wash cloth, cleaning their feet and toes, and majorly decreasing Coke and Pepsi and increasing the apples and carrots might actually be a good idea.
But, the real answer to why fruits and veggies play an important part in our classes is due to the fact I created this agency to address the whole child, not just selected parts. Even though our name points to sex education, we cover almost every aspect of a child’s body, mind and emotional journey throughout the tween and teen years.
What makes our courses truly groundbreaking is that by having the parents in attendance, the journey is taken as a team, not alone, the way many parents experienced growing when they were their child’s age.
Why create a holistic approach to puberty and adolescence? If our courses only addressed puberty or where babies come from without also dealing with hygiene, nutrition, social media and relationships (only a small part of what we truly address), any piece left out would ultimately impact the child’s self-esteem and self-worth.
When parents attend our very first courses— Puber-Tea or Guy Talk – and continue with each of our subsequent classes – Rites of Passage, The Bridge, and 4Teens – the road to adolescence is much smoother for child and parent both. Also, by strengthening self–esteem and self-worth through a holistic approach, we form teens to be more willing to go to their parents with questions and concerns and parents are better prepared and open for those conversations.
It is our goal to stay in contact with the parents after each course to make sure they have the tools and support so that their relationship with their children stay connected, solid and open whereby setting the stage for a strong, self-actualized adult.
Veggies and fruits are vital for strong bodies and minds. What the Birds & Bees Connection offers through a holistic approach lays the foundation for parents and children to have a positive, successful connection now and into the future. In short, fruits and veggies are integral to our whole-body nutrition. Our holistic approach to guiding teens, tweens, and parents through adolescence is integral too — it’s the emotional and educational side of a good, balanced diet. So nourish your body this month with fruits and veggies; but don’t leave out the whole parent and whole child — nourish yourself with our solid education and support too!
Educating and empowering!