Top 3 Healthy Habits Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

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As a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your child about the rights and wrongs in their behaviour. Bad habits can be picked up easily by children and a lot of the time they get these bad habits from their parents. Children are natural mimics, and they will copy what you do and how you behave. It may not be noticeable to begin with, but you will pick up on it as they continue to grow. Teaching your children good and healthy habits is the best way for them to grow up healthy and respectfully. Here are the top four things you absolutely must start teaching your kids today.

Looking after their teeth

This should be something you are teaching your kids already. It’s easy to forget to enforce teeth cleaning with everything else going on. It is important to start a daily routine of brushing their teeth twice a day. Let your children know the importance of good health care. Starting now will be so beneficial to their oral health in later life. Also, take them to the dentist for regular check-ups. It can be a scary experience for a child so keep them calm and praise them for being brave. It’s important to have regular check-ups at the dentist to keep their teeth in the best condition. If you as parent’s needed braces when you were younger, then there’s a possibility you child may need them too. Your dentist can plan and recommend the best course of action to take. For more information, you can visit to research what procedures are available.

Eating Healthily

Ensuring your child is eating a colourful and varied diet is essential for them to grow up big and strong. The constant consumption of sugary and fatty food is a bad habit you should not be teaching.  Encourage them to eat fruit and vegetables and let them know how good they will make them feel. By doing this, you will instill great eating habits into your children, making them healthier. Make trying new foods a game that they will want to become involved in. They may not like everything you give to them, but encourage them to try it before they dismiss it. It may take some time, but this will become the norm, and healthy eating will come naturally to them.

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To entertain your kids, it can be tempting to stick them in front of the TV or a computer game and leave them to it. Not encouraging exercise can make your children lazy and turn them into couch potatoes. Get them involved in playing games or sports outside. Not every child will enjoy sports, so find something they will enjoy. Maybe running is more for them. You can find some great game ideas at Creating your own games and playing with your children will engage them and encourage them more. Try to do this for at least half an hour to an hour each day. Teaching your kids the importance of regular exercise will make them feel happier too. Exercise releases endorphins that create happy feelings. Happy kids equal happy parents.

Teaching your child good habits will set them up for a long and healthy life. It’s important that you start as early as possible. Keep your own bad habits in check and you’ll be a happier, healthier family all round.

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