A major issue which parents nowadays must be aware of are the risks of obesity, especially where children are concerned. It is very difficult for a child to lead a healthy life nowadays, what with TV and video games being so popular. Where children used to go out and play in the streets, running around, playing football or cricket, now they stay at home playing those same things on a screen.
Why? You may ask yourself. Well, it’s probably because of how advanced technology is nowadays. You make friends online and play games with them online. It is completely different to the ways things used to be done.
So, what can you do to avoid your child becoming one of these children? Well, there are many things you can do, not all the right thing for your child, but some may just work.
Take them out to the park every now-and-again. If they like playing football, play football with them! Go for walks and (if they’re still not too old for it) make it into a little adventure. Go to the beach and swim in the sea or go canoeing! All of these are ways of making your child do exercise and bond with you at the same time. Another way of making them do exercise is to take them to lessons in the local sports centre. Maybe they like dancing or combat sports. These all work!
As I always say, you can’t lose weight doing exercise if you’re not willing to change what you eat as well. Give them healthier choices when it comes to meal times. Don’t cut out the ‘nice’ stuff completely, but have them less often and make it into a special occasion as opposed to a normal occurrence. They’ll appreciate those foods a lot more if it’s every now-and-again, and won’t take them for granted.
Get rid of temptation! Is your house full of biscuits, cakes, crisps, chocolate…? If so, get rid of them. Have a few small packets to give when they’ve been exceptionally good or have a day of the week where you can have that sort of rubbish. Make Fridays ‘pig-out’ day! This will set a routine which they will eventually get used to.
I hope this has helped and good luck helping your child lead a healthy, full life feeling good about themselves and their body. No one likes having low self-esteem and you wouldn’t want to wish that on your child.
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