How to Teach Your Kids Self-Care

Any hard-working mom knows the importance of some good, old-fashioned self-care. Whether it’s yoga with your girlfriends or a night in with some wine, looking after yourself is the first step to living a happy, healthy life. But how can moms emphasize the importance of self-care to their children? There are plenty of ways to impart this wisdom on your kids, but here are just a few to get you started.

Encourage Their Hobbies

Your child comes running into the room, clutching a piece of construction paper in their paint-stained hands. You pluck the paper from their hands and see a Pollock-esque mishmash of brick red, robin’s egg blue, and burnt umber. According to your child, it’s a family portrait.

 

Most moms would immediately hang it on the fridge, and rightfully so! After all, your kid worked so hard on this masterpiece, there’s no reason to let it go to waste.

 

This scenario is an example of one way you can encourage childhood self-care, even in toddlers. Praising the work your child has done will improve their self-esteem and encourage them to continue their efforts. Your child doesn’t have to be the best singer, artist, writer, or athlete—so long as you support them, and so long as they’re having fun, they’ll find fulfillment in whatever activities strike their fancy.

 

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5 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthy

It almost goes without saying that parents want their kids to eat healthy. Getting healthy foods into your kids, however, is a whole different story. Unfortunately, supermarket shelves are loaded with foods laden with sugar and artificial ingredients that make foods more tasty and palatable for children. Add in the advertising marketing those foods and parents can be facing an uphill battle. There are, however, a number of ways to get your kids to actually be willing participants in eating healthy. Here are 5 ways to get your children to enjoy healthy food.

Hide the Vegetables

From blending up broccoli to put in spaghetti sauce to grinding up cauliflower to put in meatloaf, there are dozens of ways to pack extra nutrition into almost every type of food.  Sometimes the reluctance to eat healthy is more mental. Pulling a shade over the healthy options is a great way to have your child forget about the fact that they’re eating healthy options.  

Make Food Fun

Most parents have grown up with the idea that food is for eating, not for playing with. If you really want to get your kids interested in eating healthy foods, however, let them have some fun making their own snacks.

Grow Your Own

There may be nothing that will make kids more interested in healthy food than if they grow it themselves. If you have the time, space and energy to help them plant a full garden, then getting them to eat the results is generally a breeze. Even apartment dwellers or those with little time can still help their kids grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables…

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