It’s a well known fact that kids would rather eat junk food rather than something that is “good” for them. Getting them to the table to eat a healthy meal is your duty as a parent. Finding ways to make healthy meals that they will eat willingly may seem like a daunting task at first, but with consistency, it can be accomplished.
All kids need physical activity. At least one hour a day of game playing outside, bicycle riding, participating in a sport, and so on, are good examples. Do things outdoors as a family. Go for walks, play basketball, get the whole family together for a bike ride around the neighborhood. You don’t have to do the whole hour at once, but chances are you will all have a good time and that hour will fly by. Enjoy the time you all spend together no matter what it is you are doing.
Limit the amount of time your kids spend watching television or playing on the computer. Two hours a day is sufficient. Any more than that, and the habit will be hard to break. Set the limits from the start. Make sure that the computer is in an area where you can monitor the amount of time they spend on it. Unfortunately, most kids have both a computer and a television in their room. Enforce the time limit rules for both. If possible, try to eliminate the electronic equipment in the bedrooms.
Most kids have a computer now. While it can be a good educational tool, it’s important to monitor the time they spend on it. Have it set up in an area of the house that is open and public. Not only can you see how much time they spend, but you can also make sure they are using it appropriately. Electronic games fall into the same category. Some kids become so wrapped up in the game that is all they want to do. Forget the exercise! Set a time limit as to how long they can use it, and enforce it. Ignore the cries of “just a while longer”.
Get the kids off to a good start by feeding them a breakfast that is good for them and will give them a head start on their day. It’s a well known fact that children who have a nutritious breakfast do better in school, and don’t feel tired halfway through the day. If you send a lunch pack with them, make sure you include things like fresh fruit instead of a sugary substitute. Better yet, have them eat from the school menu, which has certain guidelines it has to follow to provide proper nutrition.
It’s very hard to keep an eye on dietary needs if both parents work. It just seems simpler and quicker to order take out, or hit up the favorite fast food restaurant. You could actually spend one day a week making nourishing meals and freezing them. On nights when you are in a hurry you can just pull out something you have prepared ahead, and heat it up. Just as fast as delivery, but much better for you. Do this job together, and allow each child to contribute ideas to the planning of each meal.