Written by the Good Health team.
Trying to keep your kids healthy when they’re under your roof is hard enough, let alone sending them off into the world to look after themselves. Rest assured they’ll still have cereal for breakfast. And maybe for lunch and dinner as well. While we can’t promise to change this, we do have four golden rules that’ll help teach them some good habits now and give them the skills they need to stay healthy later.
Regular exercise is good for you and your children. Getting them involved in team sports will help them to develop physical skills, make friends, have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, learn to play fair, improve self-esteem, and get the blood pumping. It may also spark a life long passion.
If that’s not your thing, go for bike rides together on the weekend, or plan a different walk through one of New Zealand’s many beautiful walking tracks.
Research has shown that the first years of a child’s life may be the optimal time to promote the development of healthy eating. Getting them to help you in the kitchen from a young age will teach them the fundamentals of healthy eating, as well as give them a few skills they can use later in life. It’s easy to make cooking fun. You could plan different themes that you both create together, or give them a night of the week where they’re responsible for dinner or even make their own breakfast. Suitable for all ages, try this amazing and easy super food recipe for Homemade Berry & Chia Jam, plus consider introducing some of the following into your family’s daily routine.
This is what we consider to be our top family picks to maintain good health:
It’s important to create an environment where your kids feel comfortable to express themselves. It will help them reach their potential and be happier as they grow up. Show them that being ‘just me’ is what life is all about. Share and talk about how you love your child – all the way to the moon and back again!
Nurture confidence and self-esteem, especially during their high school years, as they are extremely delicate trying to figure out their place in the world. Have open conversations with them, sharing your feelings and encourage that they share theirs. Make sure that you listen to what they’re saying. This will help create a bond that’ll last a lifetime. Provide them with a safe environment.
School will begin to feel like a battleground that they’re fighting daily, home should be their sanctuary. Let them know that you’re there for them, even if they don’t always make the best decision. They should always feel safe to come to you first with whatever problem, it’ll be easier for both of you to solve them.
Simply put, enjoy their childhood and make it full of good times and laughter. These will be the special moments that you will reflect on later in life and good memories no doubt make you smile.
Helping your child take on the world is never going to be an easy feat but if you start teaching them the basics now, it might make it a little less daunting. It’s not complicated, just remember these four simple tips:
Setting them up with good habits and skills will go a long way in relieving stress as they figure out where they want to go in life. And with whatever it is they do choose, just make sure they know that you’ll always be their number one fan and that home will always be their home.
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