I have noticed something very interesting lately. As many of you know, in real life, I am a family entertainer, specifically a ventriloquist. I perform for many children’s events throughout the year, and this is where I noticed this something interesting.
I have been noticing that at kid’s birthday parties, the days of hot dogs, chips and pop seem to be a thing of the past or almost anyways. I am seeing a trend towards fruit and veggie trays, finger sandwiches and instead of pop – water or juice.
I mentioned to one of the birthday moms one time, “Don’t the kids miss the hot dogs and stuff?” and the answer made perfect sense. “They don’t miss what they’ve never had”
Either the kids or the parents or maybe even both have caught on to a new healthier way of eating. I am seeing it at daycares and preschools too with much healthier snacks.
Even with the major candy holiday approaching (Halloween) there is a change. Many people are looking at alternatives to candy. Some are giving toys or as we did last year, we gave out these small bottles of water that had glow in the dark labels.
The kids really liked them because they had walked a long ways and a drink was appreciated, though I have gotten flack from the politically correct folks who told me I should not be giving out bottles of water because they end up in the landfill.
Just goes to show that some people are never happy. Oh well.
Could it be that the next generation will skip the curse of the obesity epidemic? So many have said that the generation coming up will live a shorter lifespan than the previous but maybe this is a new hope.
Why is this a big thing? I think it is a big thing because the earlier children catch on to healthy habits, the better.
Simply put, the need to ensure kids’ health is one of the most important obligations of parents. In today’s world where many adults tend to live with unhealthy and inactive lifestyle, it is crucial to teach your kids the essentials of health while they are still young or better yet, lead by example.
While you can still guide them, you need to help them understand the different aspects of their health. In doing this, you do not have to sound as if you are giving a sermon or a lecture. Through your nurturing and care along with their other daily activities, you can ensure that your kids have healthy and balanced lifestyle. And this is why starting with the basics and maintaining some basic aspects will ensure you raise a healthy kid!
Developing the Right Habits
The habits that kids would develop will surely be carried on through their adult years. While they are still young, it is every parent’s duty to help them develop the right habits. Along with character development, you should also take into consideration the daily habits of your kids. For instance, the foods that they eat, their physical activities, their relationship with other people and even their perceptions on things and the environment.
Kids do not have ample knowledge about the world. Most of the time, they get easily enticed with foods or even with activities they think are fun and enjoyable without taking into consideration the negative effects. The media often pushes unhealthy food choices at our children, especially when it come to fast food places. To their credit, some of them have tried to offer healthier choices in kids meals, offering milk for example, instead of pop.
They still have a ways to go because some offer a health item like sliced apples, then offer caramel to dip them in.
In order to help them, you need to instruct your kids in such a way that they grow to become individuals who are responsible, health conscious and mature.
Many parents if not all will encounter problems when it comes to feeding their children. After all, even adults are having a hard time eating a healthy diet for the main reason that by doing so, they have to eat nutritious yet tasteless meals. The appetite of kids can be highly sensitive. Young children would often be easily enticed to eat foods that contain too much oil like fried chicken, French fries, etc. Sometimes kids just cannot refuse to eat chocolates, candies and other products that contain too much sugar. There is really nothing wrong with this, but everything that is too much can also be dangerous. As a parent, you need to monitor the foods that your kids eat. There are ways for you to provide creative meals that are both delicious and nutritious.
Don’t Forget Physical Activities
Apart from their daily eating habits, kids also need to exercise. Considering their age, you cannot compel them to exercise if they do not want to do so. In guise of sports or other activities that involve playing with other kids, you can ensure that your kids if physically active. Not only does he/she enjoy the company of other kids, your child also gets the chance to exercise without him/her knowing it.
Start taking note of how your kids are going in each of these three areas and start making improvements where you need to. As always, I am here to support you and your family on your journey to health.
Here are some Healthy Snack Tips for Kids
I shared these (and a few more) on my Instagram account for my performing but seemed to be worth sharing here as they fit well with today’s topic.
These are in a slide show. There are 6 that will play through.
Until next time, have a healthy and happy day!