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Develop Positive Habits: Build a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Kids

Develop Positive Habits: Build a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Kids

With every passing day, your child is going to develop in various aspects- from mental to physical to emotional. 

Children usually imitate the behavior of their parents. Therefore, as a parent, you should ensure that you're exhibiting healthy habits yourself. Demonstrate the importance of eating nourishing foods, being active, and emphasizing self-care. 

Let’s look at techniques to build a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Kids:
Limit Screen Time

While screen time meant for educational purposes is good for your kids, you should not overdo it. Limiting screen time for your kids can play an important role in ensuring that they are learning each day. 

In today's digital world, your children and teens are likely to see screens for extended hours each day. Whether it's tablets, smartphones, computers, or laptops, if your kid has excessive screen time it can lead to poor eyesight and obesity. 

Limiting screen time for your kids means that you should provide them with sufficient space for them to exercise and socialize. As a parent, it is important that you strike the right balance between physical activities and digital devices. For example, you should give phone or digital devices to your toddlers only for an hour per day. 

Reading Daily

You should also include reading in their daily habits. Making your child read daily can play an important role in encouraging the cognitive development of your child.

When you encourage your child to read daily, you help to improve their concentration, stimulate imagination, and improve language skills. You don't have to wait for your child to grow up to start reading. Instead, you should consider reading to your child right from a young age. For example, read them stories about anything they like so that they can be engaged. 

Reading daily to your toddlers will have a positive impact on the brains of your young kids. This can be helpful for establishing socio-economic skills, language, and literacy for the kids. It is advisable to make reading a treat for your kids, something that they like, and not feel like a chore. It is advisable to include reading as a bedtime activity for kids.

Read more: 7 Fun and Screen-Free Family Activities To do over the Weekend

Never Skip Breakfast

One of the worst things you can do for your kids is to let them skip breakfast. If your child is nagging and does not want to have breakfast, do not entertain and instead, talk to them patiently and convince them to eat breakfast. 

Teach your kids the importance of starting your day on the right note. Thus, inform them that they should have breakfast because that's the first meal that will keep them nourished and enriched throughout the day. 

When you're preparing breakfast for your kids, make sure that you're including nutritious and healthy meals. One serving of breakfast should consist of a sufficient amount of healthy food- including fruits and vegetables. You might as well consider sitting with your children while they're having breakfast. 

Keep the Kids Active

Letting your kids be on the move is one of the best things you can do when they're young. It ensures that the kids are healthy and nurtured healthily in the long run. Regular exercise and physical activity can be one of the best ways to prevent childhood obesity and excess weight gain. 

You need to know that not all kids are the same, which is why not all of them are going to love exercise. However, it's your responsibility to ensure that the kids are on the move. One of the best things to do in this case would be to ensure that they're indulging in age-appropriate activities. 

Kids of different ages will like different activities. Whether it's taking your dog out for a walk or playing hide and seek, the kids would love a lot of things. For example, a run per day, or outdoor activities like cricket, football and more can be equally helpful. 

Keep Them Hydrated

When it comes to keeping your kids hydrated, make sure that they're drinking enough water. It is advisable to teach your kids from a young age to drink water and not soft drinks or any other type of soda. 

These soda drinks are extremely rich in sugar which may not be good for their overall health. It is quite common that your kids at a young age wouldn't understand how sugar will affect their health negatively. Thus, make sure to explain the same to them. 

Fizzy soft drinks do not provide any nutrients to the kids. Instead, these soft drinks will add up various unnecessary calories that can further cause a wide range of health problems. 

Reduce Fat

Always make sure that your kid is eating at home. It is important that you reduce their fat and keep their weight in check. One of the best things to do in this case would be to give them proper food in a well-maintained diet. 

Read more: What Difference a Father Makes: Importance of Equal Parenting

You should give them a low-fat and high-protein diet. Furthermore, it is also advisable that you opt for giving them healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, cereals, and low-fat cheese crackers. However, it is advisable that you also provide them with sweets but in moderation. You should never give them too many sweets. 

When you're serving them portions, make sure that you don't overdo it so you must provide them in check. Maintaining a healthy weight and reducing their fat can help to avoid potential differences. Example: You can give your child healthy snacks and avoid major negative ones that can hamper their health. 

Good Sleeping Habits

While concentrating on all the above aspects, it is also crucial to maintain healthy sleeping habits in your children. Let them follow a fixed schedule for sleeping and waking up in the morning.

Set up a steady bedtime routine and create a favorable sleep environment that is free from distractions, e.g., screens and electronic devices.

You should consider letting your child sleep for at least eight hours per day. A healthy sleep of eight to ten hours ensures that the kids are away from the stress of daily lives and being able to rest. Thus, it can contribute towards their healthy development. Moreover, it can also help to sharpen their motor and development skills. 

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Anchal Sinha is a highly motivated lady with an MBA in Finance and Marketing and has worked for three years in this field. After becoming a mother and carrying out the responsibilities of motherhood, she left her career. Thereafter, she planned to be a gratified writer and acquired three years of content writing experience till now. She also worked as a teacher in a school and a retail trainer at ICA Edu Skills Pvt Ltd. Taking forward this experience, she started working as a phonics educator at Bambinos Live. She put in all the efforts to engage kids in her classes. Seeing kids enjoying her class and participating in activities motivates her to work with full vigour. This made her competent to work in altering environments. She puts her 100% into whatever she makes up her mind to pursue. With these potentials, she desires to flourish in anything and everything.

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