Healthy habits are important for every family. Kids like to copy their parents, which means the choices you make in your everyday life affect your child’s choices, too. To help your kids develop healthier habits as they grow, here are a few habits you can teach your kids to help them become happier, healthier adults.
Wear sunscreen every day
It’s important not only to wear sunscreen on sunny days when you head to the beach, but every day you go outside. Using SPF 30 daily and a higher SPF for longer times outdoors is one of the best steps you can take to protect your skin and prevent sun damage. Kids are especially susceptible to sunburn because they have thin, delicate skin compared to adults.
Make sure to show your kids the importance of sunscreen and to use it every day on your own skin to reduce your risk of skin cancer. It’s worth noting that it’s just as important to wear sunscreen during the winter months, too, because of the sun’s ability to reflect off the snow. Reflected sunlight can cause just as much damage, if not more, to your skin.
Brush your teeth every day
This may seem like an obvious healthy habit to teach your kids, but one in every three men don’t brush their teeth twice a day. This puts you at risk for tooth decay and chronic health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Brushing your teeth twice a day not only improves your own dental health but also boosts your child’s chances of maintaining their own dental health as they grow, too. After all, if dad brushes his teeth twice a day, then they probably should, too.
Limit screen time
It can be hard to limit screen time. With one-third of all data passing through the cloud by the end of this year and the Internet making the grand transition to 5G, many of us are immersed in the digital world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, we’re spending more time consuming digital media than ever before. But it’s important for both parents and kids to take a break from screen time.
Make sure to set screen time limits and to encourage your kids to play outside. Digital media, especially if you’re working from home and your kids are learning from home, can lead to a sedentary lifestyle that can put you at risk for chronic illnesses as you age. Consider limiting your screen time with your kids by spending more time together doing physical activities like swimming, hiking, or even tag. Find what activities your kids enjoy and play along with them.
It can be tricky to manage healthy habits, but when your kids see you doing these healthy habits yourself they’ll be more likely to want to copy you. Remember when it comes to healthy living that imitation is the best form of flattery.