As a parent, you often struggle with your kids to get them to behave the way you want them to. For example, you may struggle to get them to clean their room, eat their vegetables, or quit the attitude. Sometimes, you find a way to level with your child in order to get them to do or act the way you want. Other times, you consider giving up just because the fight takes too much out of you.
When it comes to your child’s health, though, it’s important you stand your ground. And if your child still gives you a fight, the following are three creative ways to get your child to be healthy.
When it comes to food…
If your child hates anything that’s related to a vegetable or a fruit and only wants to eat items that are processed or considered junk food, don’t worry. There are still plenty of ways to ensure that your child gets the nutrients and minerals they need without causing them to throw a tantrum. First, try presenting the food in a different way. For example, instead of telling your child to eat some fruit, why not make him or herasmoothie? Children may think the smoothie is a treat (especially if you call it one), and they’ll be more likely to consume it. You can also try giving your child 100 percent vegetable or fruit juice instead of those made from concentrate. Your child may enjoy the flavor of the juice more than the actual food, and you’ll be happy they’re getting the nutrients they need.
You can also try sneaking in some healthy treats. For example, opt for 100 percent fruit or vegetable popsicles (or make your own) and give those to your child. They’ll have no idea that they’re eating something good for them. You can also try to grind up vegetables and put them in other foods, such as pasta sauce, soups, pasta fillings (ravioli), or sandwiches.
When it comes to exercise…
Children today are becoming lazy, and the childhood obesity rates are rising. Instead of allowing your child to become a statistic, you need to find creative ways to get them to exercise. One great option, if you have multiple children, is to create an obstacle course in the backyard, then have your children compete against one another. Your children will be moving about, and they’ll work hard in order to be the winner. In fact, they may want to do the obstacle course over and over again in order to get different winners every time.
You can also do a scavenger hunt. You can set up items around your yard and give your children a list of things to find. This will get them walking and moving. For an added bonus, add some “actions” to the things they find, such as doing a certain amount of jumping jacks or pushups.
When it comes to hygiene…
For some reason, children and poor hygiene go hand in hand, but you know it’s important to nip this in the bud as soon as possible. You can improve your child’s oral hygiene by giving them tasty, kid-friendly toothpaste or using plaque disclosing tablets. For showers and baths, try adding food coloring to the bath water, getting them a cool bath toy, or buying a bathtub light that changes the color of the water. All of these options will help children find more joy in taking care of their bodies.