Every parent knows that the health of their little ones is the most important thing in the world. We worry constantly about health problems, obesity, and exercise. Are they getting enough? Are we doing the right thing? We’ve got our own little dragon prince, and we’re doing everything we can to raise him right!
We’re hoping to develop healthy habits that he’ll take with him into the future. We think we’re doing a fine job so far, if we do say so ourselves! So today, we’re passing on some of our best tricks we’ve learned along the way.
1. Eat Together
We regularly speak to parents who have entirely different eating schedules to their children. Call us old fashioned, but we like our family to eat together at the same time. It’s also better for their health. Your little ones need a regular meal time, and consistency. They also need a good healthy diet. Too often, parents make a separate meal for their kids. It’s usually something they love (hot dogs, chips, and ice cream!) But, children need a healthy diet, and these habits should start as young as possible.
2. Regular Dental and Doctor Checkups
Every parents develops a sort of sixth sense! We tend to know if something is wrong with our child’s health. But, we’re not always right. That’s why regular checkups are essential. The experts at Ascent Family Dental told us that kids need a checkup every six months. That should keep their teeth growing straight, and maintain their health. A visit to the doctor at similar intervals is also a good idea.
3. Don’t Let Technology Rule the Roost
We’re big fans of technology. But, there are limits to how much access your children should have. We’ll be the first to admit that there are some amazing apps out there to help your little ones learn and develop their mind. We’re also no stranger to games and films, but there’s a time and a place! Give your children plenty of opportunity to get active without the use of technology.
4. Find a Sport They Love
All young children should be introduced to some form of physical exercise. Not only is it good for their health, but it’s great for their personal development. It helps build self-confidence, discipline, and teamwork. It’s important to find a sport that they love, and you certainly don’t want to force them into anything.
5. Make Sure They Get Plenty of Sleep
Most young children don’t need telling twice! But, they need to spend plenty of time to sleep. It allows their bodies and brains to develop, and recuperate after the long day. If you’re a mother of teenagers, for example, they really do need ten hours of sleep! They’re not just lazy. (Well, maybe a little). Make sure your children have sensible bedtimes, and get plenty of zzz’s.
As parents, we all want our children to grow up healthy and happy. Help put them on the right track, and give them every opportunity to lead a healthy life.