As parents, we want nothing more than for our kids to be happy and healthy. Right? So, how do we go about what seems like an enormous task?!
5 Tips for Raising Healthy, Happy Kids
When I was doing research for this blog post, I realized a few things.
YOU know your child or children best.
Yes, it’s good to get advice from others at times. But ultimately, you are the one who knows what your child needs. So, trust yourself.
Every child is different.
So, what works for child A & B might not work for child C. There is no set plan to follow that is going to work for each and every child. Sometimes, you have to improvise or change the plan. Being flexible is key.
So, now that you’ve read the pearls of wisdom I discovered, what are some things you can try in your quest to raise healthy, happy kids?
Keep your kids active.
Try to incorporate at least 1 hour of physical activity per day. You can break that hour up into smaller time frames throughout the day. Some examples can include:
– Going for a walk together.
– Riding a bike.
– Blowing bubbles and letting your child chase them.
– Playing catch.
– Jumping rope.
Provide healthy meals and snacks.
You can slowly swap out unhealthy foods so that you don’t totally turn you or your child’s life upside down. Doing things such as swapping out white rice with brown rice or cooking with olive oil instead of butter are good places to start.
Get regular check-ups.
This includes dental check-ups as well as eye exams. Routine exams help identify ways to stay healthy, provide the opportunity to receive preventive services, and help find health problems early, when chances for treatment are better.
Protect your kids.
Make sure your home, car, and other areas are safe. Use car seats and seat belts for appropriate ages and sizes. Keep harmful substances and objects out of children’s reach. Be aware of any signs of mistreatment, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Ask a trusted friend or family member to watch your kids if you feel yourself losing control and need a break.
Let your kids know you love them and are there for them.
Kids need to know that they have the love and support of family and friends. They learn from family, friends, social media, school, and other places. It’s important for you to know who they spend time with, what they are doing when they are not with you, and whether their activities are age-appropriate. Make sure you know what they are doing on the Internet and what they are watching on television. Know how your kids are making decisions and handling problems. Provide input and let them know that they can come to you without judgement. It’s important for kids to develop in a safe, loving, and secure environment.
I hope these tips help you as you raise your healthy, happy kids to be healthy, happy adults. What tip do you identify with the most? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!
I used the following sources while researching this blog post: