As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children. Kids pick up your habits too – both good and bad.
Show your kids you care about them by sharing these nuggets of health advice that they’ll carry with them long after you can carry them. Here are the tips for you to suggest your kids:
1. Make eating colorful:
Eating foods of different colors isn’t just fun — it has health benefits too. Help your kids understand the nutritional value of including a rainbow of colorful foods in their regular diet. That doesn’t mean that every meal needs to be multicolored. But you should make an effort to incorporate a range of fruits and vegetables of different hues into their diet. Let the colors range from red, blue, and orange, to yellow, green, and white.
2. Never skip breakfast:
Instilling a routine of regular mealtimes in childhood can help make it more likely that your kids will continue this good habit when they’re older. Teach them that a healthy breakfast:
- kick starts their brain and energy
- helps keep them strong
- keeps chronic diseases at bay
- less risk of obesity and diabetes later in life
3. Enjoy physical activities:
Not every child loves sports. But if they see you being active and find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy.
If your child hasn’t found their sports niche yet, encourage them to keep trying, and be active with them. Expose them to a range of physical activities like swimming, cycling, or gymnastics. They’re bound to find something they enjoy.
4. Don’t be a TV addict:
There are many reports that suggest kids who watch more than an hour or two of television a day are at greater risk for a number of health problems, including:
- impaired performance at school
- behavioral difficulties, including emotional and social problems and attention disorders
- obesity or being overweight
- irregular sleep, including trouble falling asleep and resisting bedtime
5. Enjoy a family dinner:
With hectic family schedules, it’s hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a meal together. But it’s worth it to try. Family meal is useful because:
- family bonds get stronger
- everyone eats more nutritious meals
- kids are less likely to be obese or overweight
- kids are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
6. Read every day:
Developing strong reading skills is an essential component of your child’s success in school now, and at work later in life. Reading helps build a child’s self-esteem, relationships with parents and others, and success in later life. It’s recommended you make reading a part of your child’s playtime and bedtime routines. Choose books your kids like so that they view reading as a treat rather than a chore.
7. Spend time with friends:
Playing with friends teaches kids valuable social skills such as communication, cooperation, and problem solving. Having friends can also affect their performance in school. Encourage your kids to develop a variety of friendships and to play with friends often. It will set them up with life skills they can draw on for years to come.
8. Stay positive:
It’s easy for kids to get discouraged when things don’t go their way. Help them learn resilience when they experience setbacks by showing them the importance of staying positive. Make a happy environment for them to flourish. Don’t give seed to sad relationships and don’t quarrel too often in front of your kids. Help your kids develop healthy self-esteem and a positive mindset by teaching them they are lovable, capable, and unique, no matter what challenges they encounter.
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