If you ask an expecting mother whether she hopes she’s having a boy or a girl, most likely she will answer “as long as they are healthy, it doesn’t matter.” Our health is so important, and as parents, we do everything to make sure that our kids are healthy as well. As our kids get older, we can show them how to be healthy, so that one day they can make healthy decisions on their own. Here are five few simple ways to show your kids how to be healthy.
Eat More Veggies
Try to stock your pantry with healthy vegetables (and fruits), instead of cookies and chips. Though the kids may enjoy those snacks more, if you make a point of not making unhealthy snacks an option in your house, they will be healthier.
Make Water #1
Juices contain a lot of calories and tons of sugar. You may think that your child needs orange juice for their daily dose of Vitamin C, but I promise they get plenty of Vitamin C from other sources. Encourage your children to drink only water. Water is the healthiest, most refreshing choice of drink.
After a long day fast food can be tempting, because it’s quick and easy. However, fast food is all processed and very unhealthy. If you know that aren’t going to have time to make dinner during the week, try freezing a bunch of meals a head of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven.
Take More Walks
Between technology and busy schedules, walking has been put on the backburner. For parents who don’t have a lot of time, walking is a great way to encourage your children to exercise. Start putting aside thirty minutes a couple times a week for you to take your kids on a walk around the neighborhood. Both you and the kids will feel better, and they will get some of their energy out!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep is really important. If you don’t sleep enough hours at night, you will suffer during the day. Create a bed time routine and wake-up routine time for your kids and stick to it. Their bodies will adjust to this, making them sleep better and feel more rested in the morning.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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