Jenny Wise has kindly provided this guest post for the Axcis blog which talks about the importance of health and wellbeing for getting your child off to a good start in life.
Parents are a child’s first teacher, friend, and role model. Parents teach their children through direct communication, attitude, and behavior, setting the tone for lifelong healthy habits. It’s important to be intentional about teaching your children to make smart choices.
While there are many things you can do to help your kids make healthy choices, nothing can replace the professional evaluations and opinions a doctor can provide. That’s why it’s important to make sure your kids are getting to their regular checkups. From checking vital signs and measurements to head-to-toe exams and immunizations, checkups are how you stay ahead of your child’s health. Also, a pediatrician will typically talk over any concerns or questions you have, which provides peace of mind and enables you to make any necessary changes.
Another thing to consider is dental health. It’s not unusual for a kid to dislike brushing their teeth or flossing, but helping them develop that habit is critical to their overall health. Furthermore, it’s essential that they see their dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.
Most parents know the struggle of having a picky eater. The battle that comes with trying to get some kids to eat their veggies makes the strongest want to cave. Fear not, as your efforts are not in vain. Providing healthy options each day will help them to know what foods are good for them and will eventually lead to a diverse palate.
Some healthy habits you can aim for include:
- Offer your kids fruits and veggies every day, even if it is blended with other foods.
- Present whole fruits instead of fruit juices or desserts.
- Make sure they always have water available and it is offered frequently.
- Limit artificial sugars and consumption of caffeine.
- Serve the recommended serving size.
- Incorporate supplements.
When it comes to food selections and meal preparations, get your kids involved. The more involved they are, the more they will learn and retain what healthy options are out there. If you let them choose the fruits and veggies they will consume throughout the day, they will be more likely to eat what they have selected.
Another way to make sure your kids get the nutrients they need is to give them a daily multivitamin. These vitamins help support your children’s immune systems, and if you find a brand that also contains probiotics, they can improve gut health as well.
Regular physical activity is important for a child’s growth, development, mental health, strength, and flexibility. Establishing a routine of regular physical activity will inevitably establish lifelong healthy habits. Help your child get in at least 30 to 60 minutes of activity every day.
Here are some ways you can incorporate physical fitness into your daily lives:
- Take family walks, hikes, or bike rides.
- Play sports, like basketball or football.
- Make cleaning a family chore, where everyone sweeps, vacuums, dust, gardens, etc.
- Limit screen time to two hours maximum.
- Park the car further away from entrances to promote walking.
- Walk, instead of drive, whenever possible.
Parents bear the responsibility of preparing their children to make good decisions, and this includes habits that affect their health, both physically and mentally. Be sure your child makes it to regular checkup appointments, and pay special attention to their eating. Consider the benefits of CBD, and work with your child on creating a good exercise routine. Choices that seem small today could very well make a big impact tomorrow.
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