4 Steps to Raising Happy and Healthy Kids!
Parents, when you’re asked, “What do you want for your kids?”, the most common reply is usually that you want your kids to be happy and healthy.
Raising a smart or successful kid in Singapore’s landscape is a given, with a ton of tuition centres focused on providing the best education and extra-curricular activities for them. However, raising a happy and healthy kid is much more difficult, as happiness is a frame of mind and health is hard to get control over for many reasons.
Our kids are highly dependent on us during their early childhood to their teenage years (and probably beyond, because who actually knows how to ‘adult’ properly?) as role models for a lot things – happiness and health are also part of them too!
We can give them things that make them happy, or help them stay healthy, but it’s better if we’re able to show them how to create their own happiness and health by building good mindsets and habits from young – by building a strong character and having the ability to pick themselves up after a failure.
Don’t get too frustrated if and when they don’t listen to what you say as much as you’d like; remember when we were young and our own parents told us things like “drink more water”, “don’t eat too much fried food or you’ll get a sore throat”, and “must sleep earlier so you won’t be tired”? We didn’t really listen to them that much right?
So how do we go about making sure our kids are happy and healthy, as much as we’re able to?
1. Teach Kids how to Build Relationships
Relationships are important, and they definitely help us get through the day-to-day. Learning how to make friends is something that usually comes naturally to us as we grow up, but keeping and building those friendships is a different thing.
Did you that having very few close friends is actually equally as dangerous as smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day? Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, did an analysis of 148 studies and found that having few social ties is an equivalent mortality risk to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is even riskier than being obese or not exercising!
What we need for nurturing friendships are empathy and emotional intelligence. Help your kids to recognise their feelings by putting a name to their behaviour as much as you can – “Sharing your toy with Justin was a kind thing to do, he looks happy now!” or “You made your sister cry when you hit her because getting hit is painful. What could you do to make her feel better?”
Encourage your kids to talk about their feelings, and pay attention to what they’re saying. Listen to what they have to say and encourage them to share their thoughts before adding in your own opinions.
Also let them know how you feel when you’re going through something, “I got annoyed with auntie Joyce today, just like how you got annoyed with your brother. But we’re still friends.” To kids, adults might seem like a whole galaxy of differences, but we need to show them that we experience feelings and emotions too.
2. Teach Kids about Self-Discipline
Studies show that kids who are able to delay gratification tend to do better in life later on. Remember the marshmallow test where kids were told that if they didn’t eat a marshmallow on a plate after 10 minutes, they would get another marshmallow? That’s all about self-discipline!
The ability to wait for the second marshmallow is an indicator of intelligence and social skills in adolescence, because self-discipline is what helps with learning and information processing, self-disciplined kids cope better with frustration and stress, and they tend to have a greater sense of social responsibility.
In other words, self-discipline leads to success in school, greater happiness, more friends, and being more engaged in the community!
3. Teach Kids How to Avoid Flu and Colds
Flus and colds are very common for kids because they attend school and are at a higher risk of picking up an infection due to their constant exposure to a multitude of people and environments. You won’t be able to completely prevent them from falling sick, but it’ll decrease their chances of falling sick!
1. Don’t encourage sharing… of utensils or cups! Bacteria is easily transmitted through saliva, so this is one type of sharing that you should teach your kid to avoid.
2. Get your kids to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough, preferably with a tissue. If they have to sneeze or cough into their hands because it’s too sudden, teach them to wipe their hands afterwards.
3. Try to get your kids to avoid touching their eyes or mouths if they’ve touched something that someone with a cold has touched – it’s one of the easiest ways to fall sick.
4. Teach Kids to Eat Healthy
Quite possibly one of the best ways to stay healthy is by choosing an array of foods to help boost their immune system. Eating healthy, antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is an important part of maintaining good immune system health to help ward off infection and illness!
Stay away as much as you can from junk food like sweets, potato chips, cookies, fried food, etc. They’re fattening and unhealthy, and could lead to weight gain – issues such as obesity can carry over into your kids’ adolescence and will create even more problems as they enter adulthood.
Brightly coloured veggies, especially bright yellow, orange, and green ones, usually contain carotenoids. Carotenoids are important antioxidants that aid in immune system function, so it’s important to get a variety of veggies of different colours because the various types of carotenoids are thought to work together to strengthen the body’s immune system.
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