Are You Raising Healthy Children? 4 Easy-To-Follow Tips.
We all want the best for our children; that is out of the question. We want them to have good social and emotional development, great academic performance, and physical health.
However, if we want all these things for our children, we must encourage them to pursue a path where they can flourish and get the most out of their abilities.
Raising healthy children can be a challenge since there are so many factors we need to pay attention to. However, difficult does not mean impossible. It is all about creating and fostering healthy habits that will take our children on the right path.
As always, Spimbey got your back, and we have some very simple tips for you to follow on different life aspects to make sure you are raising healthy children.
Healthy eating habits.
It is truly shocking the number of adults that struggle with bad relationships with food. Binging disorders and other not so pretty ED are caused primarily by not having all the necessary information to create a healthy meal plan and lifestyle around food.
Eating fruits and vegetables is important, but it is not all the answer. Usually, we tend to label food as “bad” or “good” or “healthy” versus “unhealthy”, and these labels are the root of the problem. Unless your food is robbing you, it is not “bad”.
Sure, no one will debate that an apple has more micronutrients than a piece of chocolate, but that does not mean that you have to eat one and discard the other. Creating healthy eating habits comes down to balance.
Food is food. Food is our energy source, just like plants take theirs from the sun and water (and you do not hear anyone talking trash about plants, right?). The best we can do to help our children grow having a healthy relationship with food is to promote balance rather than labels.
Promoting physical activity.
Children need physical activity to achieve certain developmental milestones. It is not only about them having a healthy BMR or being fit.
According to the American Heart Association, only one in five adults and teens get to exercise at least 150 minutes every week. These numbers are shocking, and children are no exception to this.
Children should be active and have plenty of opportunities to move around and spend some energy. But how can we do this in a world dominated by bright screens and social media?
Having a playground at home can be the answer you have been looking for, and at Spimbey, we have a thing or two to say about this matter.
Our modular outdoor playsets are the perfect combination of fun and style. You can provide your children with a space where they can move around, have fun and be healthy. All this without breaking your backyard aesthetics.
Remember also that physical activity can help students with academic performance while providing opportunities for healthy social exchange. Positive youth development can come from practicing exercise on regular basis.
The best you can do to promote physical activity is ask your children what they like and encourage them to pursue that, whether it is a team sport or a more individual type of activity.
Promoting school commitment.
Classroom teachers have a lot of resources to keep children engaged with the educational content, but how can we extend this commitment at home with our children?
One of the best ways is to teach our children about goal setting. When children learn strategies and methods to set goals and conquer them, they can improve their commitment to school-related subjects. You can read more about this matter in one of our previous entry blogs here.
Reaching a goal is extremely satisfying, and you can help your children with this process by teaching them several goal-setting strategies. These activities or methods are great because they develop discipline and self-consciousness, both great tools for better academic performance.
Better social competency.
The social aspect is crucial in the development of children. Learning how to establish healthy relationships with others is probably the most difficult challenge children face while growing up.
Some kids are naturally more driven to social interaction, while others are more introverted. But every child can and will have the ability to make friends if we provide them with a great environment to do so.
When your children are little, you can set up play dates with other school partners or with some of your friends’ children to promote a healthy exchange in a controlled setting. As they grow older, involving them in extra-curricular activities like team sports or art classes can give your children the extra push they need to socialize with others healthily.
Just make sure to always ask your children if they feel comfortable in the environment where they at. Social anxiety is very real, and we do not want any children suffering from that.
At Spimbey, we know how difficult can be the road ahead when you are a parent.
However, creating healthy habits in our children is not as hard as we may think. We just need to sit with them and understand their concerns and problems.
Following some of the tips above can help you on this crazy journey of raising a healthy child.
Are there any other strategies you applied at home? Tell us about them in the comment section! We love to hear about our community and the diversity in it.