Inspiring Your Kids to Make Healthy Choices Every Day
by Lacie Martin
As a resource parent, you want your child to grow up to be healthy and happy. But with so many
distractions and temptations in today’s world, how can you make sure your child is making
healthy choices? In this article, l provide tips and resources for parents to help encourage
healthy choices in kids.
Encourage Healthy Choices
One of the most important things resource parents can do to encourage healthy choices in kids is to proactively discuss key health topics like nutrition, exercise, and sleep hygiene. Encourage your child to make healthy food choices by teaching them about the importance of eating fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Talk about the benefits of regular exercise and model a healthy and active lifestyle. Discuss the importance of getting enough sleep and establish a consistent bedtime routine.
Choose Water Over Sugary Drinks
Kids are more likely to make healthy choices when they see their parents making healthy
choices. Encourage your child to consume more water and less sugary drinks by keeping a
pitcher of water on the table at mealtime and limiting sugary beverages like soda and juice. Cut
down on caffeine whenever possible (which will make sleep easier). It also pays to do your
research. For instance, did you know that fruit-flavored sodas often contain caffeine? Model healthy eating habits by choosing nutritious snacks and meals, and avoid keeping junk food in the house.
Connect the Mind to the Body
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s important for resource parents to talk openly with their child about their feelings and emotions. Encourage your child to talk about
what is on their mind and listen without judgment. Teach them healthy coping strategies for
dealing with stress and anxiety, such as deep breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques. If
you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health
professional for support.
Exercise also has physical and mental benefits. Make physical activity a regular part of your
family’s routine by going for walks or bike rides together (even if it’s just to run some errands),
playing active games, or participating in sports leagues. Something as simple as taking a walk
around the neighborhood or at a nearby park can reap bountiful rewards, so look for an area
that has a Walk Score of 70 or higher, which is a good measure of walkability.
Keep a Clean and Organized Space
A clean and organized home can have a positive impact on kids’ physical and mental health. It
can reduce the number of germs and allergens in the environment, promote good habits around
cleanliness and organization, and create a relaxing and stress-free space for them to unwind
and recharge. Additionally, it can help boost their creativity and independence, and encourage
them to stay focused and motivated in their daily activities and routines.
Keep an Open Dialogue With Kids
As parents, we all want to help kids make healthy choices in their lives. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by keeping communication open and actively listening to their thoughts and feelings. Encourage your child to express their thoughts and emotions by creating an environment where they feel safe and comfortable sharing. Be patient and let them know that you are there to support them, no matter what.
Cultivating healthy habits in your kids is essential for their overall wellness. By engaging in
conversations about vital health topics, encouraging them to stay active, and focusing on mental health, resource parents can motivate their children to make wise decisions regarding their health every day. Keep in mind that setting a good example and creating a nurturing atmosphere will significantly contribute to embedding these positive habits in your children, preparing them for a lifetime of well-being and joy.