But there is one thing that we all can do. And that is not to repeat
the same mistakes on our young ones. I am sure our parents did the best
they could, as in my case I was just to strong-willed and insisted on my
own way. But we must at least try to inculcate good habits from the very
beginning, and give the future generation a beautiful, healthy advantage.
We owe this to them.
Start before the cradle
During your pregnancy, keep calm and encourage peaceful, loving thoughts because it has been scientifically proved that your attitude of mind affects the foetus. Reason why pregnant woman are expected to read religious books and listen to spiritual songs and hymns. The correct attitude leads to good physical and mental health, which as we know is the basic requirement of beauty.
If an ultrasound scan tells you that you are expecting a female child,
make sure that you ask your gynaecologist to rub your newborn with the
placenta, in the delivery room itself. This will ensure clear skin with
a minimum of facial or body hair, and your baby girl will never need to
wax or bleach all her life. Please do not do this for a male child, or
he will blame you for robbing him of a macho advantage.
Good food habits
As you know, good skin and hair is the result of a healthy diet. Lotions
and shampoos are attempted cures and not preventions. If you start your
daughter on the right foods, she will automatically gain the healthy advantage.
All parents try to teach their children the right food habits, but if you
explain it to her correctly, she herself will want to eat right. Especially,
if you start her off young. You can give her a few sweets and chocolates,
but make sure that they are rationed. Encourage her to eat good wholesome
food like milk, cheese, eggs, fish, meat and plenty of green vegetables
and fresh fruits. Snack time can be fun time as you whip up some interesting
healthy snacks and discourage fried foods. Nowadays you get a lot of healthy
munchies in the market. Stock your ladder with these instead of fried stuff
and you will be laying a good foundation for her future health and beauty.
Hair and skin care
Teach your little girl to keep her hair clean and neat. A mild shampoo
and regular brushing should keep them in good condition. Regular trims
are a must as are oil massages. At this age it is always better to keep
hair short so that they are well maintained and healthy. When she grows
up, the choice is hers. As for her skin, you should teach her to massage
her face with homemade face packs of gram flour and cream or milk, depending
on her skin type, especially in winter. This will keep her skin soft and
A daily bath is a must. And should be doubled in summers. A fragrant
talcum powder will help her feel fresh and clean. Deodorants should not
be encouraged before her teens. After this you can teach her to use a little
eau de cologne in her bath for an even fresher cleaner feeling. Self-esteem
is important to a growing teenager. Does your daughter brush her teeth
twice a day Do teach her the habit of good dental hygiene and make a visit
to your dentist at least twice a year for best results. You are laying
the foundation to an attractive, sparkling smile.
This is a very important area to maintain, as good foot care would mean a good style of walking. And walking and exercise are necessary to maintain a good figure. Shoes are one area where hand-me-downs should be avoided, as you need a good fit. If the shoe is too tight, or pinches her little feet, she might get into the habit of walking in an odd manner. Comfort is of the utmost importance and you should go in for straps or lace ups for young children. If your child's foot is not arched as it should, it would be best to seek expert advice.
Basically, all babies are blessed with soft and tender the skin. How you and she maintain it is entirely up to you. Good training will go a long way. Always remember that you have a potential beauty on your hands.
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