Parenting is preparing your kids for the big wide world by teaching them how to make good decisions on their own. An important one is teaching ways to maintain good health. That’s because the patterns your child develops now will likely be the ones he’ll carry into adulthood. Instilling healthy habits in your children will ensure they develop into healthy adults.
While much of this can be done simply through setting a good example personally, there are some things that are worth teaching, like these 5 things:
- Eating Breakfast
Set a healthy example for your child by eating and providing regular, well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks in breakfast. Teach them that breakfast is always and will always be the most important meal of the day.
- Playing Sports
It’s never too early to get your kids involved in sports or doing things to make their bodies and minds more active. You can either do a sport together or sign them up for your local soccer team that practices 3 nights a week. A little exercise can go a long way.
- Reading Is Important
It doesn’t matter if your child is a few weeks or a few months old, reading to them at a young age will help make this a habit when they get older.
- Family Time
Researchers show that a family that eats together every night has children who are “well-adjusted”. Make a healthy and nutritious meal for the whole family and sit down and discuss your day at work and their days at school. Everyone will feel a lot better once they share.
- Drink More Water
Encourage kids to drink 8oz. glasses of water a day. You do not have to eliminate soda or juices all together but make sure they are getting a sufficient amount every day.