Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) February 13, 2015
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re ready to share the love… The love for healthy habits that is! As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children – you pass down your habits too! Helping your child develop healthy habits early on in life will offer many long term benefits. Check out these 5 tips for helping your child develop a love for healthy habits:
1. Set a positive example for your child. As a parent, you are your child’s greatest influence. If your children see you eating healthy and getting active, they are more likely to mimic your behaviors.
2. Get moving as a family. Show your child that being active as fun! Making physical activity a daily routine will help your child carry on these routines for years to come. Whether it is a nightly family walk or bike ride, it is important to begin these habits when your child is young. The whole family will benefit from the exercise and time together.
3. Enroll your children in fun, engaging physical activities outside of the home, like The Little Gym! Expose your child to a range of physical activities to help your child discover which activities they enjoy the most.
4. Teach your child the importance of eating a rainbow of healthy foods. And encourage your child to become involved in the planning & cooking of daily meals. Not only will this help your child understand that eating healthy is important, it will also allow you to spend quality time together planning, cooking, and eating meals.
5. Make dinner time family time. With hectic family schedules, from school, to work, to kid’s activities, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and enjoy a meal together. But it doesn’t hurt to try – make a weekly goal of sitting down and eating together 5 times a week or more.
Share the love for healthy habits today and each day of the year. From getting active, to eating healthy, it is important for the whole family to develop a love for healthy habits.