As a child grows, he learns and develops his physical and mental abilities. But he also has to learn and adopt healthy habits.
Parents play an important role in all of this. In addition to passing on their genes, parents have to pass on to their children how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Maintaining healthy habits from infancy can help avoid many adult lifestyle problems such as overweight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, or high blood pressure.
Here’s a list of 5 healthy habits to teach your kids:
1. Do not skip breakfast.
Instilling a mealtime routine in infancy may help make it more likely that this habit will continue as children get older.
A full nutritious breakfast with all food groups will help your child stay energetic and active throughout the day.
Emphasize the importance of a low-fat breakfast, which not only activates the brain and provides enough energy to cope with the new day, but also helps maintain weight and prevent certain chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity.
2. Promote healthy eating at home.
Children are more likely to develop healthy eating behaviors when given a healthy food choice at home. To promote healthy eating, it is best to add healthy foods to the shopping list and prepare nutritious meals.
3. Wash your hands.
Handwashing is undoubtedly one of the most important things to instill in children from an early age. It is necessary to teach them how to do it correctly and whenever necessary (after going to the bathroom, playing, before eating,…).
4. The importance of dental hygiene.
Younger children are often lazy when it comes to brushing their teeth. Be sure to educate them about the importance of proper brushing. Maybe it would be best to try to make brushing a fun activity.
5. Limit screen time.
If your child spends a lot of time in front of the TV, tablet, video game, or computer, encourage him or her to do other kinds of activities.
These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and the abuse of junk food, which increases the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease. It is advisable to limit the screen time to 2 hours per day.