Keeping our kids happy and healthy is important. Here are 4 easy Things You Can Do In 2018 To Make Sure Your Kids Are Happy And Healthy.
At the start of every new year, we get enthused with programs for self-improvement, and we may set goals to eat healthier, to get in shape, to increase our income, to improve our relationships, or to read more. Although we would also like to include our children in this quest for self-betterment, because we want them to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled, too, we may not be quite sure how to begin. With that in mind, here are four things you can do with your kids to make sure they have a great year, too:
- Ensure they get enough good, quality sleep.
Sleep is important for everyone because it gives the body the time it needs to do its metabolic housekeeping. Now would be a good time to shop for the best baby mattresses or children’s mattresses to ensure that your children get a good night’s rest.
If your children are reluctant to go to bed at their designated bedtime, just remind them that sleep helps them grow up. Since children appear to be in a hurry to grow up quickly to enjoy the freedom and power they imagine adults habitually experience, this is a powerful motivator to get them to bed on time.
If they find it difficult to feel sleepy, then research some healthy foods that induce drowsiness, these are usually foods high in tryptophan or magnesium.
Incidentally, if you’re sleep deprived, now would be a good opportunity for you to model the importance of getting enough rest. It’s a good idea for the whole family to get enough hours of sleep every night.
- Spend time with them doing things with them.
As an adult, you probably struggle to get all your work and chores done by the end of the day. If you’re like most people, you probably feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to cross out everything on your to-do list. Consequently, the idea of playtime, going for long walks, doing homework with your kids, or spending quality time just chatting may appear to be a loss of precious time.
Still, this is not how your kids see the world. They see it as a place of infinite possibilities and love spending time with their parents. It’s important to schedule the time you can spend with your kids because they will be grown up before long and one day you’ll regret not having spent more time with them.
- Allow them to be ‘helpers’.
Helping you out with chores and tasks teaches children responsibility and allows them to make memories with you. While you could probably bake your St. Patrick’s Day marble cookies more efficiently on your own, it’s important to let your kids share in the fun of baking, too.
Although it might seem counterintuitive to teach children responsibility at an early age, it is actually a better parenting strategy than “letting kids be kids.” According to Little Helpers, an article in Parents by Karen J. Bannan, the sooner you start, the better. “Child-development experts say giving toddlers small chores helps boost their self-esteem and makes them feel as though they’re an important part of the family. In fact, the benefits are so great that most experts agree that kids should start helping out as soon as they can follow simple directions — usually around age 2 1/2.”
- Make exercise fun. While play can be considered a form of exercise, enrolling your kids in some sports will help them build bone and muscle, experience positive emotions, relieve stress, and improve their coordination.
An hour of exercise is especially important for children who have problems with focus and attention. Dr. John Ratey recommends enrolling your kids in a martial arts school or a ballet class. He says, “you get the benefit of the exercise, plus the focus and training for the attention system.” This type of structured exercise appears to increase their test scores. “We see scores go up with more time spent in exercise, he says, “and less time spent on subjects.”
Although you can probably think of a dozen more things that you would like to encourage your children to do this year, focusing on improving sleep time, spending quality time with your kids, teaching personal responsibility, and getting them to participate in some structured form of exercise is a good way to start.