Happy New Year’s to all! If you are like most adults, you made some resolutions for the New Year—maybe to lose weight, to get into shape, to drink less. Whatever your personal resolutions are for 2012, you might consider some resolutions for the family. Here are a few ideas to help you focus on your kids and their health!
1) Create a “technology free zone” within your home. It’s great for kids to have a place where Mom and Dad aren’t distracted by e-mails, phone calls, text messages, and the like.
2) Go on family runs, walks, bike rides, or hikes. Play soccer together. Physical fitness for children begins at home, and it can be turned into fun family time together! My son loves to ride his bike 6 miles while my husband and I run along with him.
3) Get your child a library card. One of the best ways to encourage early literacy is to read to your child, but how many board books do you want around the house? For older children, a variety of books will help to build vocabulary and confidence with reading.
4) Renew your dedication to the “family dinner.” Family dinners promote family togetherness as well as healthy eating. Oh, and make sure that the dinner table is one of your technology free zones!
5) Create a “family night.” Play games together, read books together, or find some other fun activity that you can do as a family.
6) Make snack time healthy and fun. Get rid of the crackers and other processed foods and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember “ants on a log”? It’s a fun, healthy snack that you can make with your kids. Get creative!
7) Kick your children out of the house!!! Have them play in the backyard rather than watching TV. Make it fun by having them do things like create obstacle courses or build forts out of chairs and blankets.
8) Take your children to the grocery store and get them into the kitchen. Having children involved in selecting and preparing food encourages wider varieties. And it’s a great opportunity for you to teach healthy eating habits!
9) Be the example for your child. Eat your five serving of fruits and vegetables a day, and eat a variety of colors in those fruits and vegetables. Show your child what healthy eating is!
Think of some family resolutions of your own. It’s a great opportunity to promote healthy eating and living for your child!