I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend in a seminar taught by Raven Lang, a seasoned midwife, master acupuncturist and herbalist, and mother. Being in the presence of a woman like Raven elicits a feeling reminiscent of what it must be like to have a village elder to teach you your trade and show you the way to be a good mother. She began the weekend with a Navajo lullaby, and then quickly got down to business with clinical pearls that come only from years and years of real-life experience.
Here are a few of my favorites nuggets of parenting wisdom:
- Children need protein with every meal – their brains are growing, their bodies are growing, and grains and vegetables are not enough.
- American parents tend to dress kids improperly: When it’s winter, dress children for the winter – hands, feet, and noses can be cold, but shoulders and thighs should be warm.
- The parent is the parent. If the child is running the show, there’s something wrong here.
- Babies born with a blue vein on the bridge of their nose may have a predisposition to hyperactivity and should avoid sugar, juices, and refined grains.
- The immune system is strengthen by use and testing: measles and chicken pox are signs of health because the body is dispelling toxins that are developed while baby is an embryo.
- Daily bowel movements are essential to rid the body of toxins and help prevent diseases like cancer and diabetes later in life.
- Feed phlegmy children pears.
- For girls with reoccuring bladder infections, night gowns will reduce the likelihood of reinfection.
- Osteoporosis is a disease of childhood seen in kids who break bones easily – feed children lots of bone broth.
- American eat 30% of meals in cars. We need to sit down for daily, traditional family meals.
Raven Lang has retired from practice, but still shares her knowledge and wisdom through practitioner seminars. You can find more information on these classes at Mayway.com.