I am sure most of you are like me and want to pass on
healthy habits to your children. Many of
us have been overweight or out of shape at some point in our lives and do not
want our kids to go through the struggles we did.
I feel I am doing a good job.
My kids know about my running and are looking
forward to the day when they can join me.
They assist me in my stretching when I am done and they do their own
mock stretches as well.
mentioned this previously in “Exercising
and the mini you’s
But as many of have learned, exercise is only half the
You also need to eat right and not
stuff yourself with junk food day in and day out.
is a fine balance between teaching your kids to eat healthy while not depriving them of foods they crave.
I covered this in “Monkey
see, Monkey Do
Once a week when we go to the mall, they can have one cookie
and maybe a small slurpee. They are
content. They do not need five cookies
each or the extra-large slurpee. We do not keep cookies or ice cream in the
house and they never see me snacking on junk food. I am usually snacking on a piece of fruit or
The funniest thing happened the other day. My kids were eating their homemade popsicles
and I was eating carrot sticks. They both
put down their popsicles and wanted carrots instead. Also, when they decided to watch a video,
they start asking for an apple.
Children want to be like their parents. If they see mom and dad sitting on the couch
eating chips, drinking soda and watching T.V., they will want to also. If they see you go running every day and
snack on fruits and vegetables, they will as well.
Which healthy habits have you passed onto your children?