Rajkumari Sharma Tankha
This one is for parents. All of you out there, who want your children to be physically fit, eat healthy and lead an active life, its time you practice what you preach.
Practice what you preach, we all know that. Don’t we? Now, its research that has proven this fact! The research done at the Public Health Ontario has concluded that parents who lead a sedentary lifestyle have all the chances of their children too adopting that.
Pull up your socks now, parents. If you want your children to move out, participate in outdoor activities, you must do that first. Moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least one hour per day is what is required by all, and the seeds for this are to be sown early on in childhood. When a toddler sees you walking, running, playing, she gets motivated enough to do the same. When you take your small kids out to park, don’t just sit on the bench and tell them to play. You must start first, be it playing on swing, slide or hanging on to the bars. If you don’t have much time, then at least do some running and jogging. You child will start doing it seeing you and soon it will become her habit.
The same goes for eating habits. The research concluded that parents who eat meals as a family away from the TV, are more likely have children who meet nutritional guidelines for fruit and vegetables and they enforce the same rules on their own children. If you serve raw fruits and veggies as snacks to your children, they sure will end up eating enough of them. At my home it is a ritual to have a bowl of fresh salad with every meal. Sometimes it’s just tomatoes that comprise salad, but having a meal without salad is not a done thing. I remember, initially, both my daughters would protest, but soon enough they started liking and then living it. Now, if by any chance there is no salad they ask for it, or the elder one will get up and make one for all of us! Again that’s what habit is. It won’t go; and throughout their lives, they will have this bowl as a sacred thing.
Similar is the case with aerated drinks and fast food. If you don’t want your child to have these drinks and foods, don’t make these a staple in your home. Especially, when the kids are small and in an age when tastes are still developing. If the child doesn’t develop a taste for it she won’t relish it ever, and won’t cow down under the peer pressure to consume it during adolescence, when peer group matters the most. Isn’t it? And you can congratulate yourself for rearing a healthy individual.