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Some parents are great at teaching their kids to clean up their things…(I’m not :()Some parents are great at teaching their kids good manners (I’m trying my best! :))…but…I can tell you that I do feel great at teaching my kids to live healthy!
LIVE HEALTHY? How can we teach our kids to LIVE HEALTHY? Don’t they teach that in school? (By the way, do they teach healthy living in school in America/England)? Because in France my kids don’t get too much schoolwork on healthy living)…BUT…just like the tools we give our children to learn to clean up after themselves or be polite…we, as parents or caregivers must also teach our kids the tools to LIVE HEALTHY!
Let me explain…
Being healthy isn’t just about NOT being sick…it is a state of wellbeing…of relatively constant good diet, exercise, mental health. As parents, we are the role models for our kids..it is to us that they look for the examples, the advice, guidance. Teaching them to live healthy is something just as important (or even more in my opinion) than being neat or good manners. Why? Because learning to live healthy becomes even more critical as your children move into adulthood and are on their own and responsible for their own behaviors.
How Can we Teach Our Kids to Live Healthy?
Teaching your kids to live healthy is a constant work in progress, starting from their birth and continuing until they leave home. It isn’t easy to do, yet, I believe it is one of the most important aspects of their upbringing. Why? Because teaching and living healthy will help prevent those lifestyle related diseases such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease which pop up in adulthood. Being physically healthy helps to keep a good mental health too.
Now, you are probably thinking..yeah, OK, I am going to try and change the way my kids live while I am struggling to balance our lives with work, activities, homework or perhaps just surviving. That is why you must keep tuned in, because I am going to show you how it can be possible…how living healthy doesn’t always mean eating organic food and taking your kids on hour long walks…that each family, each situation is different and healthy living goals objectives are not the same from each child to the next. But, with the main goal…HEALTHY LIVING!
So, stay in touch…over the next period I am going to focus on healthy living from infancy to late teenage years…I hope to give you some ideas on how to do this, take your suggestions, offer solutions and encourage even small changes..because small changes are better than none!