Mothers are an inseparable part of a child. As a mom, you have a great opportunity to teach healthy habits to your children to help keep them healthy for a lifetime. Let’s talk about 8 healthy habits that are simple yet often overlooked that every kid should learn early on.
8 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Kids
1. Eat a variety of colorful foods
Kids will eat more when meals are interesting. You can make meals appealing to your children by decorating their plates with a multitude of rainbow colors. Decorating their plates with smiley faces, animals, or their favorite characters using red, yellow or orange peppers, green broccoli, etc makes food more interesting to a child.
2. Don’t skip breakfast
Like in adults, breakfast kick starts their brain and energy. Oatmeal, yogurt and even smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast choice for kids. They’re also a great alternative to sugary cereals.
3. Physical exercise
Not every child loves sports. Some may dread gym class. But if they see you being active and find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy. Motivate your child to exercise regularly. It brings peace to mind and health to the body. Let your child choose what he likes most. He may enjoy swimming, gymnastics, cricket or football. The most important factor is to make sure he does physical exercises regularly.
4. Limit time spent on T.V.
Children often kill time on the couch watching T.V. which has been know to contribute to obesity and troubled sleep. Encourage your children to focus on other vital activities like sports, reading, outside play and hobbies.
5. Hand washing
It’s common for kids not to remember to wash their hands after playing outside, using the restroom, coughing and sneezing. Even though hand washing seems so simple there are many adults who forget to do it which leads to illness from the simple cold to more serious diseases. Let’s make sure that we are staying on top of this healthy habit in our children early on.
6. Dental Hygiene
Make sure your children brush their teeth twice a day. You’d be surprised at how many parents let this task fall by the wayside. It’s easy when children are toddlers because we brush their teeth for them. As they get a little older they need lots of encouragement and reminders to do it on their own. Weight gain and other health issues have been contributed to poor dental hygiene so it’s important to stay on top of this area.
7. Read every day
Reading skills are essential for kids. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Encourage your children to read for 20 minutes per day. Make it a family time event. It will help them to develop a love for reading and to be disciplined when studying as they reach higher levels of education.
8. Give motivation
Encouraged children encourage other children. Consider the words you use when speaking to your children. Even in times where discipline is required choose words that teach and empower your child. It improves the mental health of the child and he will learn how to respond positively when problems arise instead of reacting.