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Naini Nakagawa

Naini is a mom of one and founder of MatchMySpirit.com, the spiritual match-makers. 

How many children do you have and what age groups? I have one son, 6 1/2 years old in first grade, Zach. 

What’s your favorite parenting tip? Teaching my son about the law of karma !  I think this is  important for a child’s understanding of the way this world operates. I always advise Zach if you hurt someone, you could be hurt in the same way too, or if you give lots of love, the same will come to you. I think once children learn this crucial  lesson, it stays with them for life. 

What has surprised you most about parenting? How receptive children are when we are honest with them! What mature souls they are at the core. Being honest about yourself, your weaknesses (my son knows my weakness for dark chocolates!) makes them love and respect you even more. They reciprocate the trust 10 fold! 

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? OMG—every Mommy’s struggle! Well, first of all the rule is NO junk food or foods full of sugar. I show him articles on the web about this. I explain to him what sugar does to him, then take broccoli and explain what that does when it goes in his tummy. It is so important to explain to them graphically sometimes to make an important point. 

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We are a very active family, so exercise, running around, is a way of life. We have fun at home and then out we go. Once they know that TV is only for a short while for both parents and kids that sets the precedent. We don’t  have cable, but he is allowed to watch good cartoon shows on DVD. By example we don’t want TV either. 

How do you recharge your batteries? By meditation and constant prayers. There is no other way. The joy of surrendering all issues, all worries about family, work to the higher power is the most effective outlet! I have taught Zach to pray and be thankful for every little thing. Grace before food is essential. Every gift he receives he is thought to be thankful to the giver. 

Once I saw my son sitting near the alter and asking God for an IPod, big blue shiny Maserati car, camera, etc. It was hilarious and touching at the same time that he knew everything comes from a higher power and asking with love is alright. Such cute little characters these  kids are! 

The funny part is soon a family member gifted us an IPod. Next month one of our friends offered us a ride in their new Maserati car!  AMAZING ! 


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