Raising a child is hard. You don’t want to put pressure on them, but you need to teach them responsibility and get them into a routine. There is the temptation just to let them do what they want and enjoy themselves. After all, they are only children. But, for the sake of your kids and your health you need to get out of that way of thinking. Children need a healthy, balanced lifestyle just like adults. Here are a few ways that you can promote that with your children.
Eat Plenty Of Fruit And Veg
It’s important that kids get their five a day. Almost all fruits contain a vital mixture of vitamins, fibre and minerals that is essential for kid’s growth. Children’s bodies are at a delicate stage in their development so you should promote the important nutrients that they need to grow strong and healthy bones. Five a day is the suggested amount, but it doesn’t have to be five pieces of fruit. Mix it up because kids can get bored with food. Try a fruit juice in the morning, an apple at lunch and two pieces of veg for dinner.
Children do not work well if they are hungry, so give them regular snacks to keep their energy levels high. As soon as the energy levels drop, fits of rage and anger are on the menu. Obviously, snacks should be as healthy as possible because otherwise it is bad for their diet. Snacks are essential, especially if you kids are active because a positive mind frame is imperative in a child’s growth. If your children grow up in a positive and happy environment, it will enhance their further years as a result.
Mix And Match Their Food
Mixing and matching food is a great way of keeping their diet healthy. A healthy diet for any person is a mixture of protein, fats and carbohydrates and the only way to achieve that is to have all these food groups on the plate. No one food has enough of all these nutrients, so kids should be eating a mixture of meat and vegetables.
Get Some Sleep
You’ve been there yourself. You haven’t had enough sleep the night before, and you wake up cranky and in a terrible mood. Not only is a lack of sleep bad for kids mood, it is also bad for their health. Sleep is the body’s way of restoring and regenerating from the activities of the day before. So, if the body doesn’t get enough sleep it cannot restore its natural settings. Make sure they go to bed at a reasonable time, but also make sure you tailor their bed to their needs. If you have any doubts, pop down to the bed shop and get some help from the professionals.
Children more so than anybody need to keep active. They have boundless amounts of energy and need to run it off, so it doesn’t build up and manifest itself as something else. A lack of exercise can cause stress and affect their mental health.
Remember if you promote these ideas yourself, your children are more likely to follow suit.