5 Steps to Raising Happy, Healthy Kids
Happiness. Who doesn’t aspire to achieve that? We all want our kids to grow up feeling loved, healthy and confident that they can achieve anything. But sometimes it can feel impossible to keep them happy, especially with all of the cries and tantrums. All of a sudden, it seems like such a pipe dream.
But you can do it. It may take some practice and a whole lot of patience. Getting your kids into a happy zone is a lot of work, so get cracking.
Happy parents, happy kids
Probably the most obvious first step is to be happy. Your kids can notice and feel when you’re sad or angry. The problem is, they can also emulate and copy it. It can be challenging, but avoid showing your negative moods. Our advice: take a little me time. Walk around the block and get some fresh air or simply take a cool shower to shake off your negative vibes.
Playtime is fun time
Giving kids playtime is a fantastic way for them to practice their mindfulness and make them enjoy the present moment. A 30 minute bike ride, a relaxing stroll through the park or even having a picnic in the sunshine. These precious playtime moments help promote intellectual, physical, social and emotional well-being. It also means quality family time, which, these days, is hard to come by.
Good food and healthy nutrition
Providing your kids with essential nutrients is vital to helping them grow physically and mentally. Along with ‘brain foods’ like nuts, oatmeal and blueberries, foods that contain calcium and protein are essential for growing bodies each day. Dairy, such as cheese, yoghurt and milk are rich sources for both of these vitamins.
Build their emotional intelligence
As young kids discover the power of emotions, it’s important for parents to act as a guide or a teacher of sorts as they learn how to respond to their feelings. If they are feeling angry, sit them down, listen to them and chat to them. You can reach out and relate to your child, and help them identify whether it’s anger, sadness, frustration or confusion that’s making them act in a certain way. You can let them know that these feelings are natural, while of course it doesn’t excuse them from bad behaviour. You may have to be stern with them, but be patient and remember that listening is key.
Looking on the bright side is a great way for you to help your child think optimistically. Optimism can lead to happiness. If you guide your child to always recognise that there is a silver lining, they will less likely grow up to be depressed or have anxiety. You’re not painting a perfect picture of the world, but just helping them keep their chins up and their smiles on.
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