Children’s Day: Instilling Healthy Habits In Your Kids

by Temitope Obayendo
Its exciting to have the long-awaited annual Children’s Day here eventually, and by now, trust the kids are catching enough fun out there- eating all the eatables, crunching, munching,jollying and oh! yummy, yummies.
However, while basking in the euphoria of the day, its imperative as a parent to  reflect on how effective you’ve been, as a mum or dad.
The implication of this is to awaken you to your forgotten roles as a parent, which you need to revive for the overall  health development of your kids.
Below are top ten roles of parents to their  kids………

  • Be a Worthy Example – You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll send a message that good health is impor­tant to your family.
  •    Be an Optimist – Kid’s don’t like to hear what they can’t do, tell them what they can do instead. Keep it fun and positive. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.
  •     Create Recreational Time   – Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.
  •    Be Pragmatic – Setting realistic goals and limits are key to adopting any new behavior. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time, so start small and build up.


  •     Curb TV/ Computer Game  – These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease. Limit screen time to 2 hours per day.
  •    Engage them in Physical activities – Every child is unique. Let your child experiment with different activities until they find something that they really love doing. They’ll stick with it longer if they
    love it. check out these activities for kids.
  •     Celebrate Good Behaviour – Don’t reward children with tv, video games, candy or snacks for a job well done. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.
  • Make Meal Time Everyone’s Time – When everyone sits down together to eat, there’s less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Get your kids involved in cooking and planning meals. Everyone develops good eating habits together and the quality time with the family will be an added bonus.
  • Make them Health Conscious – The whole family will learn what’s good for their health and be more conscious of what they eat. It’s a habit that helps change behavior for a lifetime. Learn more about reading nutrition labels.
  •    Stay involved – Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on good food choices at school. Make sure your children’s healthcare providers are monitoring cardiovascular indicators like BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol.
    Contact public officials on matters of the heart. Make your voice heard.

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