Every parent wants their child to be healthy. But it’s even better if your child stays healthy by getting into great habits that will last a lifetime.
There are lots you can do to help set up healthy routines that you can also take part in.
In this article, we offer five great habits that you can get your child into. And you’ll have a better chance of success if you dive in and practise them too!
1. Encourage a healthy diet
You are what you eat, the saying goes. So you should teach your child healthy eating from a young age.
Start with a good breakfast to set your child up for the day. Offer your child a mix of protein, wholegrain and fruit for energy. You could achieve this with the following combinations:
- A poached egg on wholemeal toast with a cup of berries
- Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of granola and fresh fruit
- Peanut butter on wholemeal toast and apple slices
Offer fruit, nuts and vegetable sticks with hummus as snacks throughout the day.
Make sure their evening meal is full of nutrients and easily digestible. Try grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato soup, roast chicken with pan-roasted vegetables or macaroni cheese with added cauliflower.
2. Teach good hand hygiene
Teaching your child a good handwashing and sanitising routine to keep germs at bay is a valuable life lesson.
Try this routine with your child to encourage good handwashing:
- Wet your hands with warm water.
- Apply soap and lather for around 20 seconds.
- Show your child how to clean in between their fingers, the back of their hands, under their nails with a nailbrush and around the wrists too.
- Rinse off the lather and dry your hands with a clean towel.
You can also show your child how to use hand sanitiser between handwashing. A spray hand sanitiser is an easy way for children to keep their hands clean and germ-free.
3. Exercise with your child
The Australian government recommends that children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity a day.
If your child doesn’t enjoy activity, make it fun and engaging by exercising together. You can try some of these activities that are guaranteed to raise a smile while you exercise:
- Building an obstacle course in the garden
- Playing tag
- Playing scavenger hunt
- Having a water fight outdoors
4. Build immunity
Your child’s immune system protects them from germs and toxins that can cause illness. While your child is born with a certain amount of immunity, their immune system will also develop as they grow.
There are habits you can encourage to boost your child's immunity. This will be a vital resource for them throughout their life.
- Encourage them to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Carrots, green beans, strawberries and oranges are all great choices. They contain nutrients that strengthen the body’s immune response
- Get them into a good sleep routine. The right amount of good-quality sleep is essential for the body to be able to fight infection
- Make sure your child exercises to boost immune cells in their body. It’s important to take part in physical activity regularly to get the most benefit
Parents can also help boost children’s health and wellbeing by offering a probiotic supplement. Probiotics help get the balance between good and bad bacteria in a child’s body, guarding against illness.
5. Nurture emotional wellbeing
A healthy child is a happy child, so it makes sense to pay attention to their emotional wellbeing.
You can introduce some simple activities to your child to help them understand and work through their feelings. Practising these on a regular basis will help your child recognise emotional wellbeing as a lifelong priority. Examples include:
- Writing in a journal to describe thoughts and feelings
- Taking time to sit down at the end of the day and talk about what happened
- Practising yoga together to relieve stress and refocus thoughts
- Doing role-play together. If your child is worried about something, you can act out a role-play to explore their feelings.
Habits for lifelong wellbeing
Children’s health and safety is going to be one of your top priorities as a parent. By following our steps, you can get your child into habits that put their physical and emotional wellbeing at the top of the agenda for life.
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