After your kids are born, you want to offer them everything you can to keep them happy and healthy. However, sometimes you might become overwhelmed with your daily life that you start to tolerate some new habits that might be unhealthy. This is normal, but if you would like to get back on track, and work on making your kids the healthiest again, the following tips are everything you need.
1. Incorporate fruits and vegetables in their daily diet
Nutrition is very important for everyone and especially for kids as it plays a major role in developing their body and brain. Therefore, try to add as much as you can a variety of fruits and vegetables to their diet. Make sure they consume at least 5 different choices per day. These foods are full of nutrients that will give your kids the energy needed and are a great natural source of vitamins that will keep them healthy.
2. Make sure they are drinking a lot of water
You already know that water is very important for your body, and dehydration is its worst enemy. Make sure your kids are drinking enough water every day. The recommended water intake for kids between the age of 5 and 8 years old is 5 glasses or 1 liter, for 9 to 12-year-olds; 7 glasses or 1.5 liters, for older kids and adults it’s better to drink 8 to 10 glasses or up to 2 liters per day.
3. Teach them proper hygiene
Make sure that your kids are not covered with germs. This does not mean you should not allow them to play outside or go to public playgrounds, but instead make sure that they know that such places can include some germs and bacteria. Teach them to wash their hands every time they touch any area used by many people, also, before and after eating and using the bathroom. Incorporate in them the habit of brushing their teeth every night before they go to bed. These small habits can make a great impact on their lives, keeping them healthy and happy.
4. Encourage them to be in bed on time every day
A sleep routine helps your kids stay healthy and well rested. If they do not get enough sleep every night, they might become hyperactive which will directly affect their learning performance. It could also affect the leptin hormone in their bodies, which will make them eat more than they need to. This can lead to overweight kids. Make it a habit for them to be in bed before 9 pm, as one research has found that kids who sleep later than that time are the ones who suffer from behavioral problems the most.
5. Push them to be active
Just like you need to hit the gym for a few hours every week after a long day sitting on a desk, your kids should be active in order to stay healthy. Avoid long hours in front of the TV, or other sedentary games, and push them to run or go outside to play games that require physical activity.