As parents, we are always looking for new ways to support our children’s health and development. Here are 4 healthy habits your child should adopt:
Find balance between school and life
A child’s education is important, but making time for fun and relaxation is equally as important. If your child attends public school, they are likely stuck in a classroom from at least 8 AM - 3 PM — and they may even have homework to complete after school, as well. Much of their young life is spent prioritizing school! Therefore, it is important they dedicate time each day or week to relaxation, play, and quality time with friends and family. Whether it’s a family movie night or a playdate at the park, finding this balance between school and personal life will not only improve their mood and quality of life but their academic performance, as well.
Help prepare family meals
Helping prepare family meals will only benefit your child, as cooking will teach them self-sufficiency and proper nutrition — two skills they will need to have as adults. In cooking together, your child will observe how to prepare a well-balanced plate, consisting of vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, and more.
With your assistance, your child will perfect their cooking skills and become more independent in the kitchen. A sense of independence is important in building a child’s confidence.
Get adequate sleep and physical activity
Sleep and exercise are crucial for maintaining a healthy mind and body, especially for young children. School-age children require anywhere from 9-11 hours of sleep in order to function and feel well-rested. A lack of sleep can affect a child’s mood, focus, overall health, and academic performance. It is important that your child go to bed early — at the same time every night — to ensure they receive adequate sleep.
Whether it’s a bike ride or participation in sports, school-age children should have 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy weight and strong bones.
Too much of anything can be harmful. Childhood is meant to be enjoyed, but is also foundational in creating a healthier future. Whether it’s your child’s diet or screen time, practicing moderation is key to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The occasional cookie won’t hurt your child, as long as they are also eating foods that nourish their body, like fruits and vegetables. Watching TV or playing video games is acceptable, as long as your child is also going outside to run and play.
At The Kangaroo Forest, we encourage our students to adopt healthy habits that will support their development and lay the foundation for their futures. Our classrooms provide a balance between learning and play. Additionally, our childcare professionals have developed breakfast and lunch menus that support our students’ overall health and academic performance. Interested in learning more about our programs? Contact us today!