10 Ways to Give Children a Healthy Start

 

Tips for Healthy kids @squishablebaby

 

All of my life, it’s been very difficult for me to maintain a healthy weight.  Being overweight for practically my whole life, and feeling ashamed, being made fun of at school, not being able to shop in “normal” stores has been difficult – and I just don’t want that for my kids.  My parents didn’t provide me a good role model to follow, and I don’t want to make the same mistakes.

So, here are 10 tips for starting out right – and setting a good role model for them to follow.

 

1.  Be open to try new foods yourself.  If your kids are like mine, they will be more willing to try something if it’s on your plate than if it’s on theirs.  Put a serving on your plate, and they will become curious, describe the taste, texture and smell.  If they ask to taste, give them a taste.  When you put a bit on their plate, make sure to serve it with something that they like.  Don’t force your child to eat.

 

2.  Offer the new food at the beginning of the meal, when your child is most hungry.

 

3.  Go food shopping together.  Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and Protein foods come from.  Let your children make healthy choices.

 

4.  Encourage physical activity.  Make it fun for the entire family.  Walk, run and play with your child.  If they are playing on a team, make time for practice.  My son was having problems rolling – which was a requirement for soccer.  So, his dad got out and helped him to learn the new skill.

 

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5.  Offer the same foods to everyone.  I am guilty of this myself, but stop being a “short-order cook” by making dishes to please everyone.  It’s easier and healthier to plan family meals where everyone eats the same foods.

 

6.  Reward with attention and love and not with food.  Show your love with hugs and kisses.  Do not offer sweets for rewards.  When meals are not eaten, children do not need extras like cookies and candy.  Chose healthy snacks between meals like fresh fruits, veggies and yogurt.

 

7.  Limit screen time.  When your child is on the computer or watching TV, he’s not out exploring, running and using his imagination.  Limit all electronic use (video games, handheld devices, TV, etc) to 1-2 hours a day max.  Be a role model.  Make sure that you are not on your computer, hand-held devices, etc for more than 1-2 hours a day as well.

If you are having trouble initiating this rule, encourage that your child get up and move during commercial breaks.

 

8.  Avoid distractions while at the table.  Talk about funny and happy things at mealtimes.  Turn off the TV and take phone calls later.  Try to make eating meals a stress-free time.

 

9.  Get creative in the kitchen.  Cut foods in fun shapes with a cookie cutter.  Name foods funny names.  Encourage your child to invent new snacks.  Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal and dried fruit.

 

10.  Show by example.  Let your children see you eating vegetables and fruits.  Let them see you exercise.

 

What do you do to encourage health in your children?

 

 

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  1. great tips and all so very true!!!!
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  2. Great post! It is really hard to teach kids good habits if we don’t also have them. Who can blame them for wanting to be just like the people they love the most? I really struggle with limiting screen time. I have a full-time job outside of the home so when I return home I need to work on my blog and social media. They see that. I’m working on explaining that mommy is at work, but they really like to use my distraction to grab their own screen time.
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  3. Hi Lisa! These are fabulous tips! Helpful and informative post. Thank you! 😀
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