Were any of you on GreenSmoothieGirl.com early enough to remember this photo of my daughter Emma, then 11 years old?
It used to be the concept the site revolved around. My original intent was to support moms in their quest to feed their families good nutrition even as the world they live in has made that very difficult.
My daughter was the “green smoothie girl” poster child I had in mind. She is now 14 and taller than I am at 5’9″. Still lovely and healthy and enjoys green smoothies. She plans to try out for the soccer team of the state championship high school this fall.
As traffic on the site (and feedback) grew, I wanted to be more inclusive, as the moms on the site were joined by single people, grandparents, couples without children, and so many others whose health would benefit from a natural, mostly raw and plant-based diet. Others working with me convinced me to put my own photo up.
But I want to get back to the roots and possibly co-author a book with my teen daughter. Any title ideas? I’m thinking something like this:
20 Reasons Why Kids Who Eat Right Kick Butt
Would you want your tween (age 10-15) to read a book focusing on the motivations compelling to that age group? A separate, illustrated book for the younger kids, may end up on my to-do list.
Obviously I have a lot of ideas of my own, but imagine this book containing the things you want YOUR kids to know. (Or grandkids, or any children in your life.) More and more dieticians/nutritionists are approached by desperate parents, saying, “Please help me teach this to my kid–she won’t listen to me!”
Those of you who have studied child development know that after the latency period of childhood (ending about age 12), the parent is no longer usually the pivotal influence. The peer group is. This, of course, makes me very motivated to reach the young moms who have the most influence, as well as control of the diet. But as kids leave home more often and are eating at school, friends’ homes, and social events, what might motivate them to choose natural, whole, raw plant foods? We can’t give up on nutrition just because a headstrong child has reached 13. Many parents are watching helplessly as their children slide into weight problems in middle school.
So imagine the book as an extension of your own pure motive to help your child eat a healthy diet. What should it cover?
You are always so helpful when you comment on my blog, so thanks so much for any feedback!