Are you worried because your kid does not want to play out or sleep on time and just seem to stick around TV, internet games, mobile games? Previously kids used to play outside and the natural environment used to help in stimulating proper growth and functioning of body but these days the unhealthy lifestyle followed by lots of kids is of great tension for parents and they just don’t know how they should control the unhealthy habits of kids. However, there are some tips which can help the concerned parents in limiting the detrimental daily routine.
- Remember that if you want to change or alter the already existing habits of a person the foremost step you should take is that follow the desired habits by yourself first especially in case of kids because children are the greatest imitators and they tend to follow what they observe.
- Try to spend a quality family time in which all the people in the family sit together and share their daily routine, talk to each other, listen to each other’s problems thus the dinning time can be served as the best measure so if your kids are habitual of asking for food while they play video games or watch TV then just politely refuse to serve them and ask them to sit together with you at the dining table. This way they would not only learn switching off the game or TV but will also come closer to you by sharing things. However, you need to learn the tone in which you should talk to them as showing anger or giving orders do not really work because even if kids obey you, they don’t see you as their friends or well-wishers but start sharing negative emotions in terms of reaction formation.
- After dinner, go on a short walk with your kids to promote a healthy lifestyle and if you think you don’t have time for it then remember kids will also learn to not give their health priority over other habits and work routine. Search for family gyms, either go with your kids to take an aerobic class, yoga class, or go for swimming and if a family membership is breaking your bank then turn your place in a small gym and start practicing yoga or meditation exercises at home with your kids by the help of online videos as it will be healthy and fun at the same time. You can also try to play outdoor games with your kids like football or tennis etc. If you will ask them to go out sometimes they won’t but if you will also be involved in such habits then they tend to follow more.
- Eat healthy food and look for healthy alternatives instead of eating junk or easy to cook meals. Limit your dining in restaurants but don’t forget to take kids out occasionally. Also try to look for variations in recipes and creative ideas to serve healthy and nutritious food. You can successfully alter the eating choices or other destructive habits of your kids by making just small adjustments in their as well as your routine.