The most effective way to influence your child is by setting the example, your children will follow your food and exercise habits. We need to be aware that what we say and do, regarding our health and happiness, is always influencing our family. If you want a healthy child, you need to be a healthy parent. Take walks, park far away when grocery shopping, get out of the house and away from the kitchen, get distracted together. However, there is the other side of this as well. Speaking positive things about your body so your child develops the same confidence is crucial. We live in a society of extremes, either your not making effort to be healthy at all or there's too much focus on it. Both can be detrimental to our families well being, since balance is key.
If your children see you eating your fruits and vegetables, being active, and limiting your TV time, there’s a good chance that they will do the same. These habits will also have the happy side effect of helping you maintain a healthy weight. Not to mention you'll be spending more time together!
Here are a few top tips from helpguide.com that can help:
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My family is healthier and happier when we take the time to invest in one another, and focus on what really matters. I have gotten a lot better at planning weekend getaways or daytrips that take us away from the everyday grind and the pile of dishes in the sink. Making memories and developing relationships should be made a priority, and not letting a "To-do list" be an excuse.
Thanks for being apart of my journey and allowing me to take part in yours!