Habits are like iron when developed. It becomes hard to break habits once they are developed. We need to grow healthy habits since our childhood to bring a healthy life. With good habits, it becomes easier to live as healthy as possible. As parents, we should help our children to develop healthy habits. Remember! You are the role model for your child. Your child is going to copy your many habits. You, first of all, you need to develop healthy habits first. For this, first of all, you need to skip all the bad or unhealthy habits. For example, if you are a smoker, you must skip smoking out of your life. If you drink alcohol, quit it too. It is more likely for your child to be a smoker to drinker if you are also a drinker to smoker. After that, you will need to develop healthy habits in you. For this purpose, cleanliness is the first step. All you need is to keep your house tidy and clean. Keep your dustbins and backyards clean and clear. Your house or garbage bins must not act as a habitat for the flies and insects. Keep your garden clean and healthy. Then, take in a balanced diet. Take exercise daily. Live with a stress-free life style. If you live a healthy life-style, your child is more likely to adapt your habits.
Here is a basic frame of how to teach your child healthy habits. Take a look on these four steps:
- Eating healthy
- Healthy physical activities
- Staying healthy
- Thinking healthy
For eating healthy, you can bring a lot of changes in the habits of your child. Make his habit to eat an egg, fruits, drink juices and milk daily. Give him a healthy breakfast to start his day and a light dinner. Grow your own fruits and vegetables. Make his habit to intake fresh water, at least 8 glasses daily.
For healthy physical activities, you must teach your child to do exercise daily. Take him to the playgrounds. Encourage him to play outdoor games. Let him take part in various competitions. Let him do physical workout. He has to learn the good habits to stay active in winter and summer. Your children must play games in the evening. You can also take them to beach or sports club to give them extra time. Teach them swimming, running and cycling.
For staying safe and healthy habit, you must talk to your child on various issues. He must have enough information about the infections, diseases and their cure. He must have basic dental care visits to a dentist and physical checkup by a doctor. Tell your child about the benefits of hand washing. He must have a hand sanitizer with him always. Talk to your teenager children about sex safety to prevent diseases. Tell them about injuries and first aids.
Finally, for thinking healthy, let him learn building self-esteem. Let him learn stress management. Develop social skills in him. Make him mentally strong.