Don't you just wish that exercise and healthy eating were a natural habit for you? As moms, we can help our kids build healthy habits from an early stage. Then, they might be lucky enough to grow up and say that it's a natural habit.
1) Water. As a general rule, your child should drink 6 - 8 glasses of water per day. How about if you filled up a jug that big each morning for him/her and let them know it should be done by day's end.
2) Activity. The best way to make exercise a habit is to book it. If your kids are old enough for sports, sign them up so that they are scheduled for exercise. Otherwise, create family habits where you take take the dog for a walk in the morning or go for a family bike ride after dinner. Kids should be exercising most, if not all days of the week.
3) Healthy Eating. It is our job as parents to provide our kids with healthy options. Have fresh fruit and veggies cut up and put out at snack times. Get your kids involved in planning healthy and balanced meals at the beginning of the week. They will remember this habit as they go in to adulthood.
4) Positive Thinking. Yes, this is a healthy habit! Optimism is good for you and it can be learned. Set an intention for the day and help your kids turn around negative talk. People who practice being positive have lower risks of disease and healthier lifestyles.
I'm sure you quickly realize that these habits you bestow on your kids will benefit you as well! Choose 1 - 2 things to focus on each month and truly make it a part of your daily routine. It's a gift for you and your family!