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Let’s face it, developing healthy habits can be hard. That’s why it’s so important to start when we’re young. While it may be too late for some of us past the “kid” years, we can make up for it by teaching our children to make smart choices. Since we’re starting a new school year, there’s no better time than now, right? I have two little ones and I’m hoping that these healthy habits stick with them for years to come!
Eating Fruits & Veggies
I try to get as many fruits and veggies into my girls’ diet as possible. My girls see me eating a lot of them so that makes it a little easier. I also try to keep fruits within easy reach so they’ll grab a banana before they grab that bag of chips. Sometimes they will be a little stubborn about trying new veggies but I’ve learned one simple trick to get around that…hide them. If I can inconspicuously hide them in some pasta or other meal, I will. What they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?
While I don’t mind giving my girls juice and other drinks, I do encourage them to drink water when they’re thirsty. There’s really nothing healthier and it’s something I’m trying to do more of myself. Want to know a secret? The easiest way to get kids to drink water is to put them to bed! At least that’s when mine suddenly become thirsty and make it seem like they won’t survive the night if I don’t bring them a glass of water immediately.
Technology makes this more challenging than ever. My girls would sit on the couch watching TV and playing with tablets all day if I let them! It’s up to me to get them out and about, whether it’s playing in the yard, going to the park or even going to the play area at the mall. Lucky for us, daddy helps out with this one!
Is it normal that the older I get, the more of a germophobe I become? Anyway, I cringe when I see my kids holding a handrail or pushing an elevator button, then immediately touching their face…yuck! I’m teaching them how important it is to wash their hands regularly and not just sticking them under running water for 2 seconds. While I’ve read that you should wash your hands while singing “Happy Birthday” two times, my kids don’t have that much patience. If they can get through the song once, that’s good enough for me.
Getting Enough Sleep
Kids need plenty of sleep and we’ve all seen the negative effects of when our children don’t get it. I don’t know about you but I’ll take a happy child over a tired, grumpy one any day of the week!I actually googled how much sleep my girls should get and learned that they should be sleeping about 10-12 hours a night. If they have trouble sleeping, just let them snuggle with a favorite teddy bear…if there’s room!
Brushing Those Teeth
I don’t know about your kids but mine would never remember to brush their teeth if I didn’t remind them…and remind them…and remind them! I’m working hard to change that. My four year old still has her baby teeth but my older daughter has almost all of her permanent teeth and we’d like to keep them. They have been getting better and with enough
nagging gentle reminders, maybe they’ll eventually remember on their own to brush twice a day.
Taking A Daily Multivitamin
It’s important to take a good multivitamin every day and I’ve got my girls are starting the school year on track with Nature Made® Kids First® Multivitamin Gummies. Not only do they have 12 essential nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, D and E and minerals like iodine and zinc, they have no preservatives and are gluten free. The colors are taken from natural sources and my girls love the all natural fruit flavors like orange, cherry and mixed berry. The older they get, the more important it will be to take a daily vitamin so why not get them in the habit now.
Since I’m at Target on a regular basis (maybe a little too much, according to my hubby), I knew I could easily find them in the vitamin section.
My girls find them easy to chew and like that they come in gummy form. I hope that taking Nature Made® Vitamins, along with the other healthy habits we’re working on, will stick with them for a long time to come!
What healthy habits are you trying to instill in your own children? Do you find some easier than others?
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