Eat a healthy breakfast and pack a good lunch
We read this all the time but the truth is that children need good nutrition to concentrate and focus. Have your child be part of deciding what to make and precook meals to be prepared for busy mornings. Breakfast is one of the best ways to launch their day right.
Check out a great option as a base for smoothies when you're on the go in the morning or need an energy boost in the afternoon. 30 Second Meal. You can purchase it at our Cameron Wellness Center store.
Unfortunately, school lunches are rarely healthy and hardly ever taste very good. Kids will often skip lunch if their pallet says "yucky!" While packing a lunch is more work, the end result will always be more fulfilling for your child. Check out the website superhealthykids.com for some great breakfast, snack and lunch ideas.
Get enough sleep
Kids grow and regenerate at night and need enough sleep to be healthy.
Find a routine around bedtime and sleeping that works for your family.
Here's a few helpful hints:
Establish an after school routine
Right from the first day find an after school routine that meets the needs of both you and your child. Here's an example of an after school checklist so they know exactly what you expect of them whether you are home with them or not.
Find weekly family time
When children are young they want to be with you all the time. But when schedules get busy or families get older it's far more difficult to find time for the family.
Establishing a weekly activity, project or outing will let them know that family has to be a priority for that special time every week.
Get enough exercise
When adults set an example and participate in physical activities with their children, they can set the stage for a lifetime of fitness that benefits the whole family.
Active children (and adults) are less likely to become overweight, have stronger muscles and bones, have a decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and have a better outlook on life.
Minimize screen time
We hear this all the time but here's some practical hints:
Teaching good hygiene can start at any age. When a parent provides guidance and the right tools, a child can learn how to independently care for themselves.
From brushing their teeth and washing hands to taking a shower and doing their own laundry. Teaching age appropriate hygiene and giving them continued support as well as setting good examples will give them confidence in keeping themselves neat.
Plan family activities and vacations
When a family has activities, outings and vacations planned they have something to look forward to. This gives your family a reason to save and research and something to think about when times are hard or challenging. The key though is once you plan you must follow through whenever possible to ensure that the plan will unfold successfully.
Check out these easy steps that can help you find time to be active as a family.
Ride bikes after dinner
Walk the dog
Less is more! Don't plan too much!
Your child may have many interests, but help guide them in picking activities so that there is still time for homework, free time/play time, family time and sleep. Once you have your plan for extracurricular activities, adjust as needed if you see that your child is struggling with the load.
Also check in about anxiety. Every child goes through stressful events in their every day lives. Sometimes what we think would be fun or relaxing is just adding to their stress. Check in with them regularly and allow enough down time for creativity. Down time is sometimes the best remedy for a lot of woes!
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