We all like to do anything we can to make sure our kids stay healthy and safe, and what better way to ensure their longterm wellbeing than by teaching them all about health, so that as they grow older and become more independent they're better-equipped to take care of themselves? Here we give you our three top tips on teaching children about health.
It's important that you teach children from an early age about the importance of a balanced diet. We all know what should be included in a healthy diet: plenty of portions of fruit and vegetables throughout the day, wholemeal or wholegrain starchy foods and protein sources like fish and eggs. But how to get children interested in healthy eating? The key is to get them involved with the cooking process whenever possible. Teach them how to make nutritious food from scratch and try not to perpetuate the attitude that healthy eating is anything other than the norm. Cooking with your kids can also provide a great opportunity to bond.
Many schools cover issues related to peer pressure as part of their curriculum, but it's important that parents discuss peer pressure with their children, too. Underage drinking, smoking and sex can all lead to health and safety problems, not to mention addiction problems later in life. Be frank with your child about alcohol, drugs and sexual health, and teach them about how self-confidence can help them to resist pressure from their peers to engage in illegal or dangerous activities.
Teach your children about the importance of being vocal about health and encourage them not to feel shy about anything that's happening with their body. Many adults feel self-conscious about health issues and are reluctant to visit the doctor, so be sure to tackle this attitude early on, taking your child to the doctor whenever necessary and encouraging them to speak for themselves about their symptoms.