All of us want our kids to be healthy and well and grow into well-adjusted adults, but how do we go about ensuring that we are doing our best to help our children to grow and develop so that they can be the best they can be? Here are some suggestions.
We know how important good nutrition is for our kids to grow the way they are meant to, but how do we organize ourselves so that they get all the proper nutrients in their diet and the vitamins and minerals they need? You can for example, send them healthy snacks to school, instead of those chips and box of juice you bought, you could give them a peanut butter sandwich and milk, little changes can go a long way. If you notice for example, that your child has some ingrown toenails and you are worried about it, you can consult a podiatrist who can put it right with a little bit of treatment. Taking care of the little things will prevent them from becoming major issues.
Exercise and activity level
With today’s more sedentary lifestyle, even kids don’t get enough exercise and activities. What used to be hide and seek play time now turns out to be video games or sitting in front of a T.V. How can you as a parent motivate and encourage your child to lead an active lifestyle? You can lead by example and do your favourite sports or activities together or you can arrange some supervised play times with children from the neighbourhood, which will help you kids to get active too. Or plan weekend hikes or trips to the beach where you can play beach volley!
Getting medical advice and Self-care
You also may want to get medical advice for any illnesses your child may experience, for example, if your child is running a very high temperature a trip to the doctor will be needed. In addition to that trip to the doctor and the podiatry, when you need it, you may also want to go regularly to the dentist and schedule additional appointments when necessary to the eye specialist for example to get the best possible medical care for your child.
In addition to taking good care of your child yourself, you can also teach them to take care of themselves. As the famous proverb goes, you can give a man a fish and feed him one meal, but if you teach him to fish, he can feed himself for a lifetime! Teach your child how to take care of themselves, by brushing their teeth twice daily for example and taking care of their clothes and environment. Soon, you will have very little to do for them, as they will know how to take care of themselves!
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