Tips For Raising Healthy Children
Here are some ways you can help your children form habits that support a healthier life.
Childhood is a crucial time for growth and development, and a child’s interactions, actions and environment may have an impact on their health years later. There are various ways to help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Children can be guided by parents and other caregivers to lead a balanced lifestyle and adopt healthy habits. They will benefit from consuming nutritious foods and beverages, participating in regular physical activity, and obtaining enough sleep. This will help children in the following ways:
- To grow
- To learn
- To build strong bones and muscles
- To maintain a healthy weight
- To lower the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the future
As a caregiver, your influence over your children’s eating and drinking habits is significant. When you make it a practice to eat foods and drinks that are high in fibre and low in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars, your children may pick these habits up as well. However, do not become irritated if a child in your care does not enjoy a new food straight away—it may take a few attempts before they begin to like it.
Here’s how you can help your children lead healthier lives, and adopt habits that will serve them well all through their lives:
- Set a good example for your children for them to learn to be physically active. No activity requires you to be an expert. Get up, move around, and demonstrate to them how much fun being active can be. They might come to enjoy it as well.
- Explain the importance of a healthy lifestyle. As you yourself learn more about how to enhance your health, talk to your children about how a particular food or physical activity may benefit them. If you include them in the discourse, they are more likely to react favourably.
- Watch out for your child’s sleep needs. The mental, emotional, and physical health of your child can be enhanced by adequate sleep. Lack of sleep causes an array of health problems, of which obesity has been found to be one.
- Promote wellness outside of your family. Your child’s life may also involve other adults. With them, you can discuss suggestions for good habits as they are also role models for your children.
- Eat together at mealtimes so that your children can see healthy eating habits in practice, and so that they get into the practice of eating without any digital distractions.
- Try and get them involved in the process of cooking and preparing the food so they firstly know more about what they are eating and so they take more of an interest.
- Establish a routine that includes physical activity—this can be in the form of family walks or any other activity that doesn’t involve screens.
- Relationships that are secure, dependable, and supportive are essential for children’s well-being, growth, and health. Help them understand that their mental health is important, and to recognise signs when professional help is required.
At Seva At Home, we produce a wealth of free health information to help individuals and families live healthier, happier lives. This has been produced by independent research carried out by the Seva At Home team. This information is not a replacement for medical advice. Please consult your physician for relevant medical diagnosis and advice.