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How To Stay Healthy With Your Kids

This is a great time to focus on the benefits of being a family with your children. When you take the time to talk about eating well, exercise and sleep, your children will be more able to set better examples for their own future.

When you raise children, one key benefit is that you’re raising more of your own generation to be healthy and to have a positive future.

In some ways, parents are a vital part of the human race, making the world around them better when they are healthy. When you’re healthy, you’re helping maintain your immune system, helping your children be healthier, helping us to protect the planet. When you’re healthy and living a healthy lifestyle, your children take pride in the fact that they may be following in your footsteps.

Here are a few ways you might consider helping your children make healthy decisions:

1        Do they have to have an age limit for eating?

Your child’s age is one of the oldest things that can be found on their birth certificate. And the fact is that with every additional year your baby is exposed to to chemicals, plastics and other toxins that she develops at a young age. Children who start having their first stomachaches at a young age tend to go on to have more trouble with their health later on in life. Do your children’s diets have to have an age limit?

When the time comes for them to begin eating whole foods, do you still have a say in what goes into their bodies? If not, why not?

Do you have to keep track of the number of fruits and vegetables your kids eat?

Does your child need to be tested for lead in their blood?

Is their lunch allowed to have a high amount of protein?

Does their school have to track how much time they spend in PE?

2        Do you offer your advice and opinion on their school lunch plans, their school exercise program, their exercise programs, their food and eating routine?

If you know what they’re eating on a daily basis, and if they choose not to listen to you, do you still have a say in their daily decisions?

Your children become the adults they become when you’re healthy and in control of their health.

You need to know how your children are choosing food, how they’re spending their time and their energy on exercise, and why they’re choosing to eat out of moderation. You need to know why their school programs are failing you and why your school programs are failing other kids. Do they have to be pushed to eat healthy?

As much as you want to push your children to get fitter and stronger, you also have a role to play in encouraging healthy habits.

Some of the more popular questions are:

How do you stop your children from eating sugar?

In school, it’s easy for my 3 year old to sneak in any “healthy” junk food, while my 10 year old can eat any foods that the older kids want. How do I convince my 3 and 10 year olds to pay attention to what they’re eating instead?

You must be able to speak to your children and be firm in what you want for them to eat. You must be flexible in what you teach them. Do they have to do something that has never come up in the past?

3        What are your best advice for parents who are just starting out with this type of parenting?

It always goes back to being proactive. Take action. Have a strategy in place. Do your homework. Talk to people about your child’s health. Be willing to make mistakes. Do your best to do what is best for your child. Do your best to make things work around your schedule.

I’m writing this article because I’m getting a lot of questions from readers. How to stay healthy with an already sick child or older child, and what is the best strategy for parents of children who have a disability.