Monday, December 9, 2013

Healthy Habits for Kids

By Terry Orr

Your child's habits start with you!

The most important thing to remember is that you are your child's role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.

If your habits are unhealthy—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or always expecting the worst, for example—your child is more likely to get those habits.

If your habits are healthy—eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, looking forward to tomorrow, for example—your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

Sounds simple?  It really is pretty straight forward and without all drama and tantrums - if done smartly.  Some folks pile on the food for a child and complain about them unwilling or unable to finish what’s on their plates. Think smaller portions – say a tablespoon – and if they want more – then allow it – providing they are also eating the other items.

After research the Internet on healthy habits for kids, I found that the article by Robin Madell to capture the true essence of habits we all should follow.

10 Healthy Habits Parents Should Teach Their Kids
Written by Robin Madell /Medically Reviewed on May 10, 2013 by George Krucik, MD, MBA

  • Habit 1: Make Eating ColorfulThey are beautiful, healthy and good for you.
  • Habit 2: Don’t Skip BreakfastIt really is the most important meal of the day.
  • Habit 3: Pick Enjoyable Physical ActivitiesSure makes it easier to do when you enjoy them.
  • Habit 4: Don’t Be a Couch PotatoWe need at least 60 minutes every day to be physically active!
  • Habit 5: Ready Every DayWhen you wake up – be grateful and thankful to be alive and have an opportunity to accomplish wonderful things.
  • Habit 6: Drink Water, Not Soda8 glasses of water each and every day!
  • Habit 7: Look at Labels (Food Labels, Not Designer) - Know and understand what those pesky items in what you are considering to eat.
  • Habit 8:  Enjoy a Family DinnerToo important to miss!
  • Habit 9: Spent Time with FriendsAmen!
  • Habit 10: Stay PositiveWith a smile on your face and love in your heart and understanding in your mind.

 Following these healthy habits are a good starting point. Please let us know what other healthy habits you use.

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