Inculcating healthy living habits from early childhood can help children become more conscious about their health when they grow up. It lays a strong foundation and can help children have a healthy lifestyle all through their lives. In today’s times, children have access to technology and junk food, but they often lack activities in nature. Therefore, it is the parents’ responsibility to help their children become more conscious about healthy living.
HERE ARE SOME OF HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILDREN BUILD THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF HEALTHY LIVING
1. Set an Example
You must note that children learn by imitation, so you need to be a good example. If you teach them about a healthy lifestyle but do not follow it yourself, they will not learn it. They always do what they see, so you must also try to live a healthy lifestyle. It can always start with limited use of technology such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets when you are around your children. Following this, you can move on to other things such as healthy eating habits or physical activities in nature.
2. Take Children for Hikes in Nature
You can make it a family activity plan to take your children hiking in nature most of the weekends. This will help them connect more with the environment and also keep them active. You can take them to a river close to you or a small mountain peak. If not, you can even take them to a park with trees and birds to connect with nature. Going on regular hikes or strolls in nature will help them disconnect with technology as well.
3. Promote Healthy Diet
One way of promoting a healthy diet at home is to cut down white or artificial sugar completely. If your child asks for ice creams or chocolates, you can substitute them with more natural things like fruits. You can make sugar-free sorbets and fruit smoothies for them regularly. If they develop the habit of having sugar in the form of fructose from a young age, they will naturally have a healthier lifestyle.
To sum up, helping children build consciousness for healthy living can be challenging because of the high exposure to technology and unhealthy food. But parents can still set an example for children and plan activities to promote consciousness towards mother nature and healthy as well as sustainable living.