Top 20 Healthy Habits For Kids To Teach

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Congratulations! You’re a proud parent of a little, naughty one-year old. With each passing day, your child learns and develops his physical and mental skills, and you as a parent, would want to contribute your best to ensure that your child learns and adopts healthy habits from the very beginning.

Well, it’s not that difficult after all. The key point to note is that you, as a parent, don’t just pass down genes to your little baby. In fact, your baby learns a lot from you- and if you yourself stick to a healthy lifestyle, it won’t really be difficult when it comes to helping your baby learn. As a responsible parent, taking care of your kids health and teaching them to follow healthy habits is very essential. This is the path to preventing infections and keeping various illnesses at bay. We have compiled a few healthy tips to help kids stay healthy everyday!

The Top 20 Healthy Habits For Kids:

To simplify things, here we’ve prepared 20 most important healthy habits list for kids that need to be inculcated into their daily routine:

1. Don’t Skip Breakfast:

Getting your kid into a regular routine of breakfast-lunch-dinner will help him avoid unnecessary snacking right from the very beginning. This is probably the most crucial and important stages when it comes to helping your kid adopt healthy eating habits. A nutritious breakfast complete with all food groups will help your kid stay energetic and active throughout the day.

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2. Wash Up!

Hand washing undoubtedly tops the list when it comes to getting your kid into healthy habit- explain the importance of washing hands to your little kid, and also focus on the correct techniques – 20 seconds is a must for children.  Teach your kids to wash their hands with soap or hand wash liquid. Rinse well with water after using the bathroom and before eating food. The same must be followed after they come home from playing outdoors as it would help to prevent your kid from getting any kind of infection from other kids.

3. Toss that Tissue:

Make sure your kids follow the etiquette of using a tissue or kerchief when they need to cough or sneeze. You also get him/her into the habit of disposing the tissues right away. Keep a trash can in your kid’s room.This would help to prevent the spread of infections among your kids. Also tell your kid to wash his or her hand immediately after sneezing to eliminate spreading of the infectious virus. Teach your kids about how germs can pass through from one kid to another and tell them that using tissues would prevent that.

4. Flush Flush!

Your kid is well past his toilet training sessions. Good! Now make sure you educate him on the importance of flushing his efforts down. This will make him aware of how to use a toilet even if you are not around.

5. Get Out:

It’s the age of iPads and Xboxes, and often, you may find your kid stuck to the television set or his brand new tablet. If that’s the case, encourage your kid to find happiness in outdoor activities. Get him a pet dog and ask him to take him for a walk, or do some hula hoop swirls out in the garden with your little naughty kid. If they feel bored, get them to perform some household activities such as walking the dog, car washing or clearing the yard. You can even ask their help in gardening everyday to make sure they stay active and fit.

6. Family Time:

Family time is extremely important, especially for a growing baby. Dinner-time is often the best time where the entire family can sit down to eat and talk. This way, your kid will be less prone to snacking and grabbing the wrong foods, and will also enjoy time with his parents and connect to them better.

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7. Read Every Day:

Dread the bedtime stories your little kid gets all excited about? Several studies have revealed how helping your child read, and reading out to him could help develop strong reading skills and may help your kid succeed in school and work.

8. Bathe!

Every once in a while, your kid may make a lot of fuss about getting into the bathroom and having a bath- it’s always best to have some cute bath bombs, soaps, shampoos and toys handy. The general idea is to make regular activities a fun time for your kid, until he grows older.

9. Ditch the Soda:

It is shocking how younger children today are falling prey to unhealthy eating habits, and several studies have found how soda consumption is on a rise in kids. Make sure your kid sticks to healthy drinks, and preferably water to keep himself hydrated.

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10. Couch Potato:

Drop your kid’s habit of lying down on the couch for too long right in the beginning- couch potatoes are more likely to be overweight and have a higher risk of being affected by developmental problems and may also put in a lower performance at school.

11. Promote The Habit Of Brushing The Teeth Twice A Day:

Dental hygiene is vital. Make your kids realize the importance of brushing their teeth everyday right from their childhood. Kids tend to snack a lot, so they need to have their teeth clean to prevent the occurrence of cavities. Teach your kids to brush twice a day using a less-fluoride toothpaste to fight decay and cavities in their teeth. Also teach your kids not to eat foods after brushing their teeth at night.

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12. Make Your Kids Get Good Amount Of Sleep:

Kids within the ages from 5 to 12 require at least 10 or 11 hours of sleep at night to maintain their health. Your children should go to sleep at the same time everyday; regular sleep pattern can help them to be more attentive in classes, stay in a better mood during the day and build immunity. For small kids, having a story time or a favorite doll near them would help to sleep peacefully.

13. Dab On The Sunscreen:

Planning an outing at the beach during the summer? Thirty minutes before you leave home, apply a branded and preferably paraben-free sunscreen lotion on your kids, as it will help their skin to stay free from all kinds of infections. Make your kids wear the lotion during the peak summer hours from 10 am to 4 pm or organize indoor activities to help them stay indoors and have fun.

14. Stay Updated With Your Kid’s Vaccination:

Make sure you maintain up to date records of your child’s vaccination. Check with your doctor to make sure that you offer your kids the right shot at the right date for prevention of diseases. Keep the immunization records handy to carry it during the next appointment with the doctor.

15. Avoid Keeping Reptiles As Pets:

Some reptiles have harmful bacteria called salmonella residing in their body, which can be fatal for your kids. Do not allow your kids to have lizards, turtles or snakes as pets, even if they are of harmless breed.

16. Limit The Screen Time:

Kids love to watch their favorite cartoon show, their favorite match or film for many hours together. But this is not a good idea as it can harm their eyes and deprives them of their sleep and makes them prone to various infections. Have a fixed time for such activities and tell them you would be lenient occasionally if they promise to maintain the schedule every day.

17. Have Regular Health Checkups:

Preventive care is essential to maintain your child’s health. Your kid’s health must be checked regularly every year and opt for annual dental check ups to prevent teeth issues and gum problems in kids or to minimize the risks associated with it. Select the right hospital for your family’s needs and stick with it to build a good history with your child’s doctor.

18. Take Care Of Your Child’s Mental Health:

Though all parents strive to fulfill all the needs of their kids, most of them pay very less attention towards their mental health. If your kid has a medical condition or if you have troubling domestic issues, then it can affect your kid’s mental health. Stay in touch with your kid’s teacher and keep a track of your kid’s activities to detect any issues at an earlier stage.

19. Teach The Use Of Safety Equipment:

Your kids must know how to wear the seat belt while travelling in the car, wear goggles while in the swimming pool, wear helmet while riding the bike or while practicing skating. This would help to prevent them from getting injured even if they meet with an accident.

20. Cleaning The Private Parts:

If you have boys, educate them the way to clean their genitals using soap and water while making sure that the foreskin is not retracted. If you have daughters, teach them the right way of using a tissue to wipe, which is from front to back and not vice versa. Teach them to come to you immediately if they have any pain or burning sensation in there.

We hope after reading this article on good healthy habits for kids, you probably collected several ideas to inculcate habits in your kid. Following these simple tips may help your kid follow a healthy lifestyle right from his childhood.

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Mitha Shameer

Mitha is passionate about writing on topics related to women and children. She loves to present the brighter side of life to her readers in the form of her articles. She writes on games, stories, arts & craft, celebrations and more for MomJunction. When she isn't glued to online shopping websites, she loves reading books and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.