Doing as You Teach: Starting Healthy Habits for Mom

Doing as You Teach: Starting Healthy Habits for Mom

Here are five ways every mom can be a better role model for her kids.

By: Madeline Glasser

There is a lot of responsibility when it comes to being a mom. We have to love, guide, nurture and raise our children to become responsible members of society as adults.

It’s important to set a healthy example for our kids from an early age so they develop healthy habits of their own that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Here are some healthy habits you can start today to not only leave you feeling good but will also set your kids up for a healthy lifestyle.

1. Drink Enough Water
Many people aren’t drinking the recommended daily amount of water. To determine what your daily needs are, take your weight, divide it by two and then aim to drink that many ounces of water a day as a general rule. If plain water gets boring, add some fruit to it to give it a hint of flavour.

2. Get Moving with Your Kids
Encouraging your children to live an active lifestyle is important. What better way to do this than to get moving together? Take family walks after dinner, kick the soccer ball or play on the playground. Getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is good for the whole family.


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3. Eat the Rainbow
Filling up your plate with colourful fruits and vegetables can help promote healthy eating in your children. A creative way to encourage kids to try new foods is to theme the day. For example, on red day, fill their plates with red foods like strawberries, beets and red bell peppers. It takes multiple exposures for one to develop a taste for foods, so don’t give up if your first try is unsuccessful.

4. Encourage Healthy Sleep Habits
Developing healthy sleep habits starts from a young age. Make sure you are setting your child up for success by helping them establish a bedtime routine. The average school-aged child needs 10-12 hours of sleep a day, so a bedtime routine is a perfect way of ensuring they get them.

While you’re at it, make sure you are getting the recommend seven or eight hours of sleep for an adult and establishing your own healthy sleep habits.

5. Foster Laughter
Children pick up on stress and anxiety. By fostering laughter, you can help your home be one of happiness and joy. When your children are anxious or worried, help them find ways to handle that stress. Even young children can learn the art of meditation and use it when they need to unwind.

At the end of the day, remember you are setting the example for your children, and they look up to you like they do superheroes. Help them learn healthy habits by example, and give them something they can use for the rest of their lives.

Madeline is the author of Food, Fitness, and Family , a blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts and life as a family of three ... soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.

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