Oct 19th, 2015
Setting our children up for success is one of our most important jobs as a parent. As their number one role model, it is our responsibility to teach them how to make decisions that will benefit their future.
TIME TO GET MOVIN’! Remember when your friends had to knock on your door to see if you could come outside and play? (and you totally knew what it meant when the street lights came on!) The new generation of children are overcome by technology; inspiring your child to get involved in an outdoor sport will socialize them and keep them in shape. Click here to check out our weekly classes for the tot’s. If you have older children, 4-12, check out lifesportsfitness.com! They have after school programs, full day camps, summer programs and they even chauffeur the kiddie to and from their specialty programs (golf, tennis, surfing lessons, etc). Keeping your child active will insure they stay flexible, fit, and feeling great! Exercising together is wonderful for bonding too and it gets you both moving! If outdoors isn’t an option due to the weather, there are plenty of exercises and games that can be played indoors. Although it may sound counter-productive, Nintendo Wii has a whole library of fun, active games for the whole family to do together! One of our favorites is Jumpstart Get Moving Family Fitness and Dance Dance Revolution!
EAT YOUR VEGGIES! Encouraging your child to eat right and make healthy decisions at school will improve their overall health and wellness. Did you know that an inadequate diet can halt growth and stop brain development in children? Promote fruits and veggies over candy and soda. make it fun and have them participate in cooking and food shopping. Have you checked out the new local Trader Joe’s? They have mini-sized shopping carts! It’s made grocery shopping so much more fun! Benefits of eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables will assist in increased productivity, decrease in stress, weight control and overall healthy body.
DID SOMEONE SAY “RESPONSIBILITY? Demonstrating responsibility at an early age teaches our mini’s to be better people and prepares them for reality later in life. It’s also proven that children who are responsible get better grades in school. Responsibility is also important for financial success. Let them help with house chores and show them how to be self reliant. Check out this awesome Chore Chart by Age we pinned on our Pinterest, it shows age appropriate chore the little ones can help with! Check out this brilliant “Chore Chart” we pinned, every chore has a cash value! And this one is fun too, every stick has chore and reward! We even pinned a fun, printable Preschool Chore Chart!
BRUSH EM’ BRUSH EM’ BRUSH EM’! (Grease, anyone?!) good ol’ hygiene, every germaphobic mother’s favorite H-word. Let’s face it, kids put things in their mouths, pick their noses, and cough with no hands to the rescue! Even if your not afraid of germs, your going to want your child to do these simple cleanliness acts to insure their health and the health of the others around them. Teaching your child about hygiene could be one of the most important things you do. Did you know that 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch?! Gross! Informing your child on the importance of washing their hands, body and hair, brushing their teeth, and keeping their space clean is key to good hygiene. The Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie does a great job explaining to your child what happens when someone gets sick. Here are a few of my tricks to get my girls on board:
1. Letting them pick out their favorite soap to wash their hands with.
2. Letting them buy their favorite toothpaste and toothbrush.
3. Cleanest room gets to pick out the movie for movie night.
Speaking of hygiene, if you missed our last blog, you might want to check out all these harmful toxins hidden in your household cleaners. Click Here!
I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK! Nothing boosts a child’s self-esteem quite like a mother’s love and support. Showing your child you love and support them gives them the confidence they need to be themselves. It allows them to grow through social acceptance and not falter during rejection. Giving your child a strong sense of self to navigate through society will be one of the best things you can do for them. A few examples to help promote self love and acceptance are: If your child needs to be scolded, use affectionate terms such as “your room is a mess honey.” Also, avoid using sarcasm and the word disappointed with children. They are not equipped to understand it and having the disappointment of the most important person in your life on you is a huge, huge burden that they cannot work through. Always communicate your confidence in them and look for opportunities to offer choices to better their decision making skills. As always, hug and kiss your children. There is nothing like a hug from your mommy! We go further into toddler behavior and discipline every tuesday at our “No, Mommy, NO!” Workshop held every Tuesday by our in-house parenting expert, Laurie, with over 35 years of teaching behavioral and discipline classes! Click here to reserve a spot, member AND non-memebrs are always welcomed!