Unleash Your Child’s Genius (Part 1 of 2)

By genius, I refer to the untapped and unlimited greatness in each child which, when ignited, can lead to the creation of any number of things and environments. This is not to say that there is no 2nd or 3rd place in a swimming competition. What I am saying is, from over two decades of experience working with children of all backgrounds, that each one has a gift. Some adults only recognize certain kinds of gifts, like athletic ability, math skills, and memorization of information. While these are gifts, there are many more. Some include:

  • Being compassionate

  • Being able to communicate with others

  • Being able to synthesize abstract pieces of information

  • Gardening skills

  • And many more

We, as an adult society, also think of mostly outcomes when we think of empowering a child. While this can be great, I’m sharing with you some of the fundamental aspects of creating the opportunity for a child to ignite their best self! Today I’m going to share one, and two weeks from today, I’ll share another.


In order for a child, or anyone for that matter, to be able to grasp a sense of their optimal self, our physical body must be in a very good place, because our physical makeup impacts our mindset directly. The impact is also felt emotionally.

Stay away from processed foods, especially sugar, and find ways to feed your children vegetables in as much quantity as possible. The greener the better. I can hear you saying “my kids don’t like vegetables.” Here’s how I did it, and so can you:

  1. Model eating vegetables. Be a grown up and model healthy eating.

  2. Using a blender, become a smoothie-making queen or king

  3. Dip veggies in something they like which is also healthy, like almond butter or organic peanut butter

Here is one last set of tips related to smoothies:

  1. Use Red Papaya (also known as Caribbean Papaya; they are green on the outside and red on the inside) or Bananas as the base in the blender. Papaya is much lower in sugar and makes for a great texture.

  2. As long as you put in enough papaya or bananas, you can fill the rest of the blender up with greens like kale, spinach, and other greens. Kale has many more nutrients than spinach, unless you cook the spinach (which is one of the few vegetables which release all their nutrients to us when cooked).

  3. Avoid bitter greens at first to acclimate your children’s taste buds. Stick with kale, and other dark greens. While I love arugula, I would avoid that for now.

  4. You can also add a tablespoon of almond butter or organic peanut butter. I suggest almond butter.

  5. You then need to add some liquid. I suggest coconut milk, almond milk and/or spring water. I suggest coconut milk and spring water. How much is up to you. If you don’t add much, it will be very thick. If you add too much, it will be like juice. Completely up to you and the outcomes which will lead your child to say, “More please!”