Nothing is more important to a parent than their child’s well-being but it can be difficult to know if you’re taking all the right steps to keep them safe, healthy and happy. Of course, a mother or father always knows best but here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep is important for people of all ages but it is particularly crucial for children. Depending on how old they are, kids may need up to ten hours of sleep per night. Having a strict bed time will help establish a routine and allow your child to develop a healthy sleeping pattern.
2. A balanced diet. You are what you eat so if you want your son or daughter to stay strong and healthy it’s essential that they eat healthy foods. Eating enough fruit and vegetables will help their growing bodies to develop in the right way. Getting into the habit of eating well at an early age will benefit them for their whole lives, so do everything you can to encourage a balanced diet. Keep junk food to a minimum and make sure they drink plenty of water.
3. Prevent illness. Many common illnesses spread through germs so teach your child how to properly wash their hands and brush their teeth. If they have to sneeze or cough, they should do so into their elbow to prevent the spreading of germs. Where possible, keep your children away from people who are currently carrying anything contagious.
4. Exercise. Staying physically active can have a huge impact on the overall well-being of a young person. 60 minutes of physical activity will help keep them in great physical shape, while participating in a sport or activity that they like and are good at will also have many psychological benefits. Give your kids the opportunity to try multiple sports and allow them to choose their favourite(s).
5. Mental health. While the symptoms associated with poor physical health are often more visible and more easily treated, poor mental health can be far more difficult to identify. Good communication is essential. Encourage your child to speak with you regularly and assure them that you are always there if they need to talk.
Pay attention to possible warning signs such as constant tiredness, anger, negativity or irritability. If you’re worried that your child might be struggling with their mental health, you might want to consider seeking professional help. It’s also wise to stay in touch with their teachers to see if they’ve noticed any changes in behaviour.
And, above all else, continue to be as supportive and loving as possible.
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The Team at Gallivan Financial