11 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Importance Of Healthy Living

11 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Importance Of Healthy Living

One of the most important things you’ll teach your kids is the importance of healthy living. This can set them up for life – the things you teach them as children, whether consciously or not, will shape who they are as people and make a huge difference to their lives. Below, you’ll find 11 ways to teach your kids the importance of healthy living – it definitely isn’t just using words to tell them how important it is to eat healthily. It goes much deeper than that. Read on for 11 suggestions. 

Set An Example 

Yep – first, you need to set an example. You can’t possibly tell your kids that they should be doing something if you’re not doing it yourself. In fact, if you’re doing it yourself, then you likely won’t need to tell them to do it at all. They’ll want to do it naturally. 

Make sure you’re eating food that nourishes your body, exercising, and managing your stress levels. Dedicate time to self care. Show them that it’s not only important to stay healthy, but to love yourself, too. Spend time on your own hobbies. This can be tough when you have kids, but it’s so important that you do because then they’ll see how important it is to dedicate time to something they love. 

Cook With Them 

Cooking with your kids gives you the opportunity to teach them the importance of home cooked meals and healthy ingredients. You can talk to them about why some ingredients are healthy, and which ingredients go with other ingredients. This can teach them valuable lessons for a lifetime, and help them to develop a love of cooking. You don’t want to preach to them about ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods – it should all be about balance, no labels. 

Don’t Let Them Use Food As A Crutch 

Make sure you don’t let your kids use food as a crutch, or this is a quick way to encourage them to use it whenever they are bored, stressed, or unhappy. Never give them food as a reward, either. Find other ways to reward them. It’s so easy to get into unhealthy habits with food, so make sure they know that food is important for fuel and nourishment, but shouldn’t be used as a crutch for unsavoury emotions. You must teach them to understand, identify, and work through their emotions. Food may mask them for a little while, but they will never get to the root of a problem if they’re using food to cover their emotions up all the time. 

Get Active Together 

Getting active together as a family can be a lot of fun, and a great bonding activity. Just aim to have fun and get out of the house and see what happens. Walk regularly, and go on hikes where possible. Go swimming. Play sports. Do as much as you can – try not to drive everywhere. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. There’s so much you can do! 

Eat One Meal Together Per Day

This might sound like a strange one, but eating one meal together, as a whole family per day, can help your kids in many ways. Studies have shown that kids will be less likely to give in to peer pressure, and more likely to do well in school. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. What matters is that it’s part of your routine, and that you all sit at a table and focus on the food/one another. Try not to do TV dinners! 

Keep Up With Regular Health Appointments 

Make sure you prioritise the family’s health by keeping up with regular health appointments. Find a dentist that is open on Saturday if you need to – or even a dentist that is experienced when dealing with nervous patients if your kids don’t like it. Getting them used to check ups will ensure they know how important it is to seek professional help when they need it. 

Limit The Use Of Technology 

Limiting the use of technology may seem impossible. Phones, TVs, tablets, laptops – you can  hardly get away from it. This doesn’t mean you should let your children sit and fester in front of the computer or TV. Encourage them to play outside, or do arts and crafts in the living room. Get them to be creative, rather than numbing their brains with random content. Sometimes technology can be helpful, but the amount you allow them to use should be limited. Don’t have it in their bedrooms, whatever you do. No TVs, and make sure they leave their phones outside. This will get them into good habits for later on in life, too. 

Be Vigilant With Their Bedtime 

Make sure you get your kids into a good routine with their bedtime. When you do this from a young age, it can be harder for them to fight it. They’ll get tired at the same time each night when you’re consistent, too – try to be vigilant, even on weekends. 

Watch Your Language

The words you say can have a big impact on kids. They don’t easily forget, even if you convince yourself that they will. Don’t talk about their bodies. Don’t talk about your own body. The last thing you want is to teach them that focusing on the weight or shape of their body is super important – they’ll get enough of that from the media, so strengthen them to it now. Don’t mention diets, either. Healthy living is not a diet. 

Expose Them To Positive Influences

Expose your kids to truly positive influences. Do your research and allow them to read books written by these people. 

Teach Them To Take Care Of Their Minds

Taking care of their minds is a crucial part of healthy living, too. Encourage them to start journaling from a young age, and you can even start meditation together. You can also try breathing, muscle relaxation and visualization. It’ll all help them in various ways! 

33 thoughts on “11 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Importance Of Healthy Living”

  1. Jessie – My name is Jessie. I'm a 32 year old mom of two plus a bonus mom of two more. I've been blogging for about 7 years now. I'm a full time work from home mom as well as a SAHM. I was born and raised in Las Vegas. Blogging, painting, photography and being a mom of course are my passions. I'm also into rocks and witchy stuff (the good kind). I have a significant other who is literally the best human that has ever walked into my life. I'm pretty simple. 💜

    I love this, especially the part, expose them to positive influences. I’ve recently let go of some very negative people and let me tell you, you notice the difference.

  2. All really amazing tips! I especially like “watch your language”. I know my son is always listening to me and mimics what I say or do.

  3. This is so important in our home. We have 5 year old twins grandkids and my daughter has fought with her weight all of her life because of poor eating choices (my fault there food was our thing). This year she had a gastric bypass. She’s very careful about what the kids eat and drink. They’ve never in their lives had a soft drink. My granddaughter now informs you if your choices aren’t very healthy!

  4. These are great tips and so important to incorporate while they are young, before they’ve been exposed to all the processed options they will find out in the real world.

  5. Singing A New Song – Hello, I'm Shayla! I'm a blogging/vlogging homeschooling mom of many, wife to one, and work at home mom. We are a big, Jesus loving, God fearing family and we love to laugh! Common topics you’ll find here include faith, marriage, motherhood, homeschooling, lifestyle, domestic arts, herbs & oils, and holistic living (with a realistic, big family mama/frugal approach). I love sharing practical solutions we find to problems we encounter, as well as things that inspire and encourage us through this crazy, beautiful journey!

    This is such a wonderful list to help teach children healthy living and eating. Love it!

  6. I wholeheartedly agree so much with this blog post. It is so vital to teach your children well, so they slowly get by in life. Life can be tough, but that is life. That is what makes life amazing. I think teaching children right from wrong and also telling them to come to you when they have any problem is so important. This is a wonderful list and super important.

  7. Parent On Board – United States – I am a blogger and mental health professional. I strive to make the parenting journey easier and more enjoyable by using my background in mental health and my experience as a mom of 2.

    Great tips. Healthy living is definitely a lot simpler than most people think. But it does take effort. We all have a lot of unhealthy habits that we need to override.

  8. Definitely planning on teaching my children about healthy living! It’s very important to me and these are really some great tips! Thank you for sharing!

  9. andaluciainmypocket

    These are all great pieces of advice. Children follow their parent’s example, so if parents eat healthy and are active, children will grow up doing the same.

  10. Suman – I teach for a living, and travel to learn.

    It is very important that we teach the future generation the usefulness of healthy living. As a teacher, I feel parents and the school plays a major role in teaching kids.

  11. Mariyam – New Delhi

    It’s so important for the parents to teach their kids the concept of healthy living and eating from an early age. It’s for their own good.

  12. My Spiritual Shenanigans

    Very valid points! Back in the day, there was no technology and everyone played outdoors – and we were a lot less snarky or irritable!

  13. amayszingblogs – Music Gigs Travel Life

    Wow, great tips and a very effective way to teach kids about the importance of healthy living so they can live with a healthy lifestyle. very helpful post especially for the parents!

  14. I always promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle in my classroom. I want my students to be healthy and active in various ways!

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  16. Goldfish and Gin – I'm a perfectly imperfect large family mom with a love for family, fashion, beauty and supporter of breastfeeding and body positivity.

    Such a great article! I’ve been working hard to try and really promote a healthier lifestyle for my kids. One of the things we have always done though, is sit down for family dinners. To me that is so important. It allows us to catch up, relax, and make sure everyone eats at least one good meal a day.

  17. Rikki Ridgeway – Hello world! Just a stay at home mom, trying to survive this motherhood life. I hope you enjoy my journey, and will follow along.

    Setting an example for them is a huge contributor! They pick up on our habits.

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