Your kids are watching

The best way to tell your kids to be active and eat healthy is to do it yourself and let them watch.

Just in case you didn’t already know, your kids are watching your every move.You are their role model. And they’re taking it all in.

We follow the 80/20 rule. We eat as healthy as we can 80 percent of the time and leave 20 percent for “other”.

I know this because of some recent comments that my older daughter has made.
They went something like this:
“Ugh, why do you have to be a health coach? I just want to eat unhealthy snacks”
But, she said these things with a half smile and a glimmer in her eye and most of the time she requests things like apples and cashews for snacks in the afternoon. She also stays active doing things that she loves such as biking and running around.

She is watching and taking in what I say and more importantly what I do. As a mother my most important job is to keep making healthy choices for myself and for my family with a positive attitude because I know that my girls are watching and learning. There are a few areas around this that I focus on and I’m sharing them below.
1. Present a new healthy food to your family up to 7 times.
Do this in a variety of ways to keep it interesting. Eat the food yourself and don’t worry about whether or not your kids eat it.
2. Groceries.
Ask your children to help you make your grocery list and to help you find the items at the store. Talk to them on their level about why you choose what you choose.
3. Ask your kids to help prepare meals.
Cooking, baking and serving. It’s all good.
4. Stay active.
Individually and as a family.
5. Leave wiggle room.
We follow the 80/20 rule. We eat as healthy as we can 80 percent of the time and leave 20 percent for “other”.
I love that my children are watching me make these daily choices. I hope that I can influence them in a positive way toward a life of health and wellness.

How about you? What are some things that you do to inspire wellness in your family?

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