Every year, parents spend a lot of time and energy setting New Year’s Resolutions for themselves. I will lose weight. I will exercise every day. I will only eat healthy foods. I will call my in-laws once a week. (Whoops. Not sure where that one came from.) This year, instead of focusing so much devotion on your own resolutions, why not help your children create their own set of healthy resolutions? Here are 10 ideas to get you started:
- I will brush my teeth after each meal and before bed.
- I will wash my hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
- I will wear sunscreen every day, even in the winter.
- Each and every time I get into the car I will buckle up.
- I will wear my helmet whenever I bike or skate.
- I will drink water as often as possible, and limit my intake of sodas.
- I will eat fruits and vegetables every day, and try a new one each week.
- I will find an activity that I enjoy and participate in it as often as possible.
- I will not smoke or drink.
- Whenever I talk to myself, I will not use negative self-talk.
Showing them that they have your support, and that even you intend to make healthy changes for yourself, will serve as a positive model and motivation for these tiny resolvers.