Does Having A Healthy Child Have More To Do With Nature or Nurture?

Nature vs. nurture.

What does that mean?

Now don’t worry. I’m not about to give you a college lecture in child psychology. I just want to bring up an interesting point that I was thinking about recently.

We mothers (and fathers) play a huge role in our children’s health and well-being. When it comes to raising our children naturally, it’s not about a list of right or wrong things we can do. It’s about those big picture areas that we need to focus on in order to make the most impact on our children’s health.

Now here’s where nature vs. nurture comes into play.

When you look into the foundation of the nature vs. nurture debate, it’s really only a question you’re faced with, “Did x occur due to nature or due to nurture?” So for example… take a child with juvenile diabetes. Did that child develop this disease because he was born with it in his genetics and therefore predisposed to it, or did the environment he was raised in contribute to it’s development? This is the basis of nature vs. nurture. A comparison of two things. Looking at an issue and trying to determine where the root comes from. Now this debate is usually over child development, but I think we can apply it to health as well.

We mamas play a HUGE role in when it comes to taking care of our children’s health. Nature can be the answer to many problems our children may face in any of these areas, but so can nurture.

Now I’m not one of those people that think we can’t change nature. At one time I would have been, but as I’ve grown and learned more, I see that, yes, we very much can change the nature part of our children… our future children that is! We can do that by making healthy lifestyle decisions (nurture decisions) for ourselves starting today. From what we eat, to what we expose our bodies and minds to. This will set our bodies up for health and success when it comes to future generations. As we live out these healthy lifestyles, they will be passed on to our children and that will then set them up for future success of having healthy children by nature.

So what about the children we already have? Well it’s not too late. These healthy, positive nurture decisions we make each day will affect them. It will keep their bodies working correctly, therefore preventing many nature type (genetic propensities) illnesses from starting. It’s never too late to make a positive difference in our and our children’s health.

We should also be realistic in thinking that we’re not always going to do things perfectly. We’re going to get off track. We’re going to lose control. Either way, there’s always tomorrow, and there’s always a better decision that can be made. Don’t beat yourself up over perfection mama!! You’ve got enough on your plate. I know… I’m right there with you!

What are your thoughts on this nature vs. nurture viewpoint of children’s health? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!