With childhood obesity, anxiety and depression on the rise it is even more important these days to teach your children to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are just a few ways that you can aid in raising healthy, active children.
Nix the Sugar
Way too many children are drinking sodas and other sugary drinks. Even fruit juices have a very high amount of sugars and should be drank in moderation. The very best choice is and always should be to teach your children at an early age to choose water as their beverage of choice.
Teach Them to Use Their Imagination
Not enough children are encouraged to use their imaginations nowadays. Thanks to too many choices on television and the advent of computers and video games many children have become very inactive; not only physically, but mentally as well. Give your children a reason to use their imagination and this may mean teaching them these skills in the beginning. Go on an adventure hike, stock an art supply bin and create crafts together or put on a play or performance together.
Joining teams and group activities are very important provided there is a healthy balance. Today many parents, in an effort to give their children every opportunity, are over-scheduling their children. With so many opportunities available it can be very hard for both children and parents to decide on which activity is best at which time and often we try to cram in way too many activities at once. No one wants a cranky or unhappy child that is suffering from a lack of sleep or “me” time.
Take Advantage of Your Local Playground
One of the best ways to keep your children active is to take advantage of your local playground. Getting your children out in the fresh air is just one of the many health benefits, but you will also be fostering imaginative play as well as teaching them social rules, such as sharing with others.
Give Your Child Financial Skills
So many children are not taught about money management which is a critical skill that they need to learn. Financial worry is the leading cause of stress and often the biggest financial worry is to not know how to budget and/or save money. An excellent way to teach your child about money management is through the Rule of 3. For every dollar they earn or are gifted, they must split it and 1/3 goes to savings and 2/3 goes to the child to be used as they determine.
Keeping your child healthy is not just about eating right and exercising. It is also important to ensure that they are happy and you teach them the skills they need to grow into responsible adults.