Chances are you've heard it before, but it's worth repeating. Children learn from example and they pay close attention to how their parents live. If you want to truly encourage healthy habits in your children, you must be able to set an example by also living a healthy lifestyle. You simple cannot expect children to exercise and eat healthy when they see their parents doing the exact opposite. More importantly, living a healthier lifestyle helps ensure that you'll be there for your children for many more years to come. This week, let's talk about encouraging healthy habits in children by setting a good example.
There's no denying the fact that you're probably exhausted after a day at work. Exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but consider this: Your child has just spent a day at school doing school work that is ten times more complicated than the school work you had when you were younger. They've also spent time in gym class and probably playing during recess. In other words, they're just as worn out as you are. Take the time to grab a basketball or baseball and spend a bit of time exercising with them. Not only will you set an example, but you'll get to spend some time with your child as well.
Another way to set a good example is to kick bad habits. Stop smoking, drinking and eating fatty foods. You honestly can't expect your children to stay away from these bad habits when they see you do it everyday. Instead, work on creating healthier meals and drinking more water. When you pick up good habits, so do your children.
Last, but not least, set a good example by getting involved. Spend time talking to your children about healthy habits, take them to the grocery store to shop for healthy foods and join parent and child fitness programs. These simple acts can be a great bonding experience and can encourage both parents and children to adopt healthy habits.