Safe habits and healthy choices are something every child needs to learn, but it’s not always easy to show young people the way. Whether it’s how to make good decisions about the food they eat or how to stay safe when they’re behind the wheel, it’s important to help your kids understand the value of self-care and healthy decisions. Not only will this help keep them safe and happy now, but it will also teach them how to maintain those good choices as they grow older and will sustain them well into adulthood.
Teens, especially, need guidance when it comes to how to make informed decisions. Driving, pushing back against peer pressure, and learning how to take care of their minds and bodies are some of the most important issues that young people face. And while they may get some of what they need from school and their peers, it’s crucial to remain involved in your child’s life.
To help your kids stay safe and healthy at any age, Resilient Child offers the following guidance.
One of the best ways to help your child get active — and stay that way — is to set a good example. When it comes to exercise, it’s not always easy to get a child of any age to get up and get moving, especially when there are so many good video games waiting to be played. Make it fun by getting the entire family involved, and look for sports and other games you can play outside. You can also check out charity walks and runs that can be done with your pet, which may help your child find a new appreciation for animals.
Leading by Example as a Parent
Leading by example is often tricky as a parent, because of the time constraints we deal with caring for our kids. But it's critical to set that good example and show our children they can pursue their dreams, even with all of life's priorities. So if pursuing career advancement - or maybe a completely different path - is a goal of yours, it may be time to look at online business degrees to start making yourself a priority so your kids will learn to do that for themselves too. Plus, with an online program, it’s easier to manage your household responsibilities while forging a path for your future.
Keep the Conversation Open
It can be hard for parents to be completely open with their teens about difficult topics, such as experimenting with drugs or alcohol or making the decision to be sexually active. However, avoiding these conversations often makes things worse, as it means there is a lack of education on the subject and an air of taboo that leaves teens feeling uncomfortable when it comes to addressing any issues. Talk to your child about your feelings on these subjects and let them know that they can come to you with questions or concerns.
Talk About a Healthy Diet
When it comes to eating healthy, it’s easy to forget that young people can become confused about how a well-balanced diet works. Some teens feel pressured to look a certain way and worry about their weight without considering the nutrients they need. Make sure your child understands how to create a diet that works for them, especially if they are involved in sports or other activities that keep them moving, and keep plenty of healthy snacks in the house so that there is a wealth of great options to choose from.
One of the biggest milestones in a child’s life is learning to drive and taking the test for their license, but it can be one of the scariest times for a parent. Even if your child knows the rules of the road and is comfortable operating a vehicle, it’s an unfortunate fact that accidents can happen. That’s why it’s imperative to teach your child how to keep an eye on other drivers, how to drive in any kind of weather, and how to eliminate distractions — such as their smartphone — while they’re behind the wheel. Learning how to drive safer comes with many considerations, such as keeping other young people out of the car and, when possible, riding alongside your new teenage driver.
Safe habits and good decisions aren’t always easy to make even for adults, so it’s important to help young people along the way as they figure out how to make the best choices for themselves. With some guidance and patience, you can help your child learn to make healthy decisions that will stick with them for a lifetime.
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