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Lifestyle Habits to Teach your Kids

There is a lot of information online, but it may not be the right solution for every child. Social media is flooded with fad diets such as keto, paleo, and military diets. They seem to be popular among young people who value their physical appearance. These diets can be short-term and have long-term negative effects. We must help our children learn what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.

You pass on more than your genes as a parent to your children. Your children will pick up your good and bad habits at an early age. Your children must learn from you by setting a good example and living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits can be incorporated into a daily routine early in life and will help you live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. These are some habits I inculcated in my children.

Don’t skip breakfast
I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of every day. This not only gives kids energy, but it also helps them stick to a schedule and teaches them how to be consistent. Good discipline is essential for children to have a positive outlook on life. Your kids will be able to follow their biological clock, which can help prevent chronic diseases. It also ensures they don’t wake up late at night and wake up tired. A balanced, nutritious breakfast is key to a healthy lifestyle.

Get up from the couch and get out of the house
Children must get enough exercise, especially with the pandemic-induced lockdown tying them to their screens. Today’s kids aren’t as active outside as they were in the past. FIFA, Angry Birds, and Call of Duty have replaced Hide and Seek and Kick the Can with Catch and Cook. Your children must get out of the house and exercise for at least one hour each day. Your kids will be more engaged in sports and academics if they are physically active at an early age. Exercise can reduce stress levels and emotional distress. A sport teaches children how to cope with the highs and lows of life from an early age. It also enhances their social skills.

Your child should read for 10 minutes each night before they go to bed. Allow them to choose the books they enjoy. To build a strong vocabulary, you need to have good reading skills. Reading should be fun so they see it as something to enjoy and not as something to do. The long-term benefits of ingraining the habit of reading are high as books will always be a source of learning and enrichment for kids.

Family time is vital
It is rewarding to build a relationship with your child and make them feel comfortable confiding in you. This can be done by making dinner a family meal. It makes it easy to make sure everyone is enjoying healthy meals. Dinner can be used as a time to talk with your children about the day. You might discuss movies, literature, politics, or anything else that interests you. It is important to show an interest in your children’s interests, even if they are not something you had in mind. Finally, be open-minded to change and understand that your children may need help.

Rest well
Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is the best for kids’ sleep habits. Bad sleeping habits can lead to a decrease of growth hormones and affect bone development and other tissue cells. It can also lead to a decrease in immunity, forgetfulness, and a lack of concentration. Your child will benefit from sleeping early and having a routine that doesn’t get interrupted on weekends.

Hygiene accounts for two-thirds of health
Children must learn the importance of hygiene early on. Simple and effective ways to prevent illness are simple ones like brushing twice daily, flossing, and washing your hands after every meal. Our children must learn the importance of cleanliness and good grooming. These habits can be instilled from childhood and will result in healthy teeth, skin, and gut health.

There are no negative emotions
Raising emotionally healthy children ensures they don’t look to food as comfort. It also prevents them from turning to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism later in life. They have the right to all emotions. Teach them how to accept them. Let them know that they can healthily release anger and sadness from an early age. Teaching children the importance of meditation and journaling could help them develop a sense of judgment. Talking with them about anger management techniques will help them to recognize when it is best to leave difficult situations. Teenagers can let their emotions out and share their thoughts. It is important to encourage emotion and not suppress it.

Raising a child is not easy. My advice should make the journey easier.

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