Healthy kids are something we all want. Let’s face it there’s not much more that breaks our hearts than seeing our own kids suffering because they’re sick or under the weather. Most of us would rather be sick ourselves than to see our own kids suffering due to an illness. Since not having our kids get sick is so important to us, it’s really important that we teach and also set good examples of healthy living for our kids.
How can we honestly think our own kids are going to develop good healthy habits if their parents aren’t setting good examples? Kids learn a great deal by simply observing what their parents do. This is true throughout their lives.
Having said that, here are a few things you can do as a parents or guardians to ensure your kids are getting every chance to pick up and learn good healthy habits. Many of these will also help us as parents get some needed exercise.
o During the summertime or when the weather is nice take a family walk or a bike ride every night. This type of exercise is not only good for your health it also is a good idea to do a family activity; this’ll encourage and support the belief in the family spending quality time together.
o Share outside chores with your kids. These don’t have to be difficult things but some things like helping water your trees or helping pick weeds or racking the grass can help your kids appreciate the outdoors, not to mention earn a sense of achievement by helping out.
o Encourage your kids’ involvement in sports at a young age. Most communities have some sort of organized summer sports. These can include T-ball, baseball, basketball, etc. Pick out a couple for your kids to try out. Don’t get discouraged if your kids don’t seem to take an interest and be careful not “push” your kids into sports, they must take in interest for it to be sustainable.
o Get involved in some healthy lifestyle activities yourself. By taking up running or by joining an adult sports league of some sort, your kids will more likely take an interest in getting involved in sports activities.