A child’s healthy habits begin at home. To keep your child healthy and happy is your number one priority. The sooner your kid begins to develop healthier habits, the more likely he or she is going to carry those habits through adulthood. Here are a few tips to keep your kid happy and healthy.

Exercise Together

To get your child to exercise is easy when you set a good example. If your family is active, then your child is more likely to want to be a part of the activity. Doctors like Dr. Harry Stylliwould suggest that all children be active. It’s easy to be sedentary nowadays, so teach your kids to be active early can be the start of a healthy relationship with exercise. Make sure to make exercise fun and exciting.

Prepare Simple Meals

Sometimes you don’t always have time for complicated meals. Simple meals can be just as healthy! In fact, if you prepare simple meals often, you won’t feel tempted by fast food or takeout when you’ve had a busy day. If you have frozen meat, rice and frozen vegetables, you can prepare nutritious and simple meals. If you want your kids to enjoy their meal more, you can always ask them to help. Kids love helping prepare meals and often will be more excited to eat them. This also provides a foundation for healthy  eating in the future.

Set a Bedtime

Children need to get plenty of sleep. When a child doesn’t get enough sleep, he or she may score poorly on tests and may have difficulty focusing in class. Children need between 10 and 11 hours of sleep every night. When a kid gets enough sleep, he or she will be in a better mood all day. Make sure that you have a structured bed time and try to keep to it even on weekends. This will help your child wake up on time every morning and feel rested every day.

Encourage Hydration

Hydration is important for you and your child. Odds are if your kid is thirsty, he or she might already be dehydrated. Do not focus on sodas or juices for hydration. Juice and soda should be a treat, rather than a method for hydration. Make sure that your child always has water. To help encourage hydration, you can pack a reusable water bottle for your child to take with him or her to school. If you have trouble getting your little one to carry a reusable bottle, find one that he or she loves. Water bottles come in a number of different styles. If you give your kids a choice, then they may pick a bottle that they love to use.

If you need a little help making healthy habits fun, don’t hesitate to use the above tips. A child who starts off healthy is more likely to stay healthy throughout his or her life. In addition, as you focus on your child’s health, you may catch yourself living healthier too.

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