If you’re about to send your kids back to school for the start of a new year, one thing to think about is what you can do to ensure they go back with a healthy start.
Each day your kids are going to have to make choices – choices over what to eat, choices over what activities to do, and choices over who to hang around with.
While you cannot make these choices for them, you can take some actions that will help steer them in the right direction.
Let’s go over some of the healthiest habits that you can make as your kids head back to school.
Get A Morning Ritual In Place
The first thing to do is to get a good morning ritual in place. This involves getting your kids up early enough so that they have time for a good sit-down breakfast, as well as time to help prepare their lunch.
If you just prepare it yourself (which is still better than having them fend for themselves), you aren’t teaching them how to choose healthfully. If you get them involved, not only is it more likely that they will actually eat the lunch they pack, but they’ll learn something in the process.
This is the greatest skill you can teach them.
Cook Meals Together
Many adults rarely take the time to cook a home prepared meal for themselves, but they definitely do want to take time to spend with their kids. So start bringing the two activities together. Cook your meals together as a family activity and you’ll feel good about what you’re putting in your body, while encouraging your kids to eat healthier as well.
Limit Your Purchases Of Video Games And TV Stations And Get Active As A Family
Second, also be sure that you aren’t encouraging passive behavior in your kids by purchasing them all the video games they want along with hundreds of TV stations.
Limit it to the basics and keep video games out of your house. While they will likely play them at friends’ houses, as long as you don’t bring them into your home, you’ll still be taking a huge step to limit their usage.
Instead, get active together. You know you need more physical activity so choose something that your kids can take part in. Then you’ll receive the benefits for your own weight loss plan and you’ll be teaching your kids a healthier lifestyle at the same time.
Start Planning An Active Holiday
It’s never too early to start planning your winter holidays, so take this time to think up something that you can do as a family that will get you up and active. This could be a skiing trip to the mounts at Christmas.
Or, perhaps you want to get away, traveling somewhere warm where you can swim in the ocean and go on various on-land excursions. More and more active vacation ideas are popping up, so start doing your research now so that by the time holiday season rolls around, you have a great plan in place.
So there you have the primary points to keep in mind. Remember these and you can feel good about doing your part to keep your kids as healthy and happy as possible.