Healthy Eating Alone Is Not The Answer

Along with eating healthier we need to be more active. The two go hand in hand. Healthy eating + physical activity = a healthier mind and body.

You will need to be a good role model for your children. Don't look for the closest parking space. Take the stairs, rather than the elevator or escalator. If your children have bicycles and it is safe, rather than driving them everywhere, tell them to ride their bikes or walk. I can remember walking everywhere as a child. Yes, I agree, it was safer back then, but we still had our share of bad people too. So use your best judgment and encourage your children to walk or ride their bikes. If your children see you walking the length of the parking lot or taking the stairs they will follow your example. In fact, I would go so far as to say if they tell you they want to take the escalator or elevator, or ask why you are parking so far away, tell them since you didn't get to do all of the walking you thought you would today and you want to be sure you get it in, you are walking instead of riding, or parking up close.

By having an exercise plan yourself and taking care of your body by eating healthy, your children are more likely to follow your example. In the process you will also teach them that it is OK to miss a day or two of exercise and that sometimes you will want that piece of cake, pizza or mega burger. For example, every year on my birthday I treat myself to my favorite burger of choice. Yes I might have lean hamburger meat throughout the year, but the one on my birthday has the works on it. One of my friends children were around on my birthday one year and said to me, "My mommy says those aren't good for you". I told her that her mom was right, but since it was my special day and I only have one on my special day that it was OK. Of course, her mom wanted to smack me one because now she wants one of her birthday too!

Remember as the parent you need to set the parameters. Two important lessons to teach your children are "moderation is the key" and "no one is perfect"; we all slip on occasion. Tell them that it is OK to slip up once in a while, just don't make it a habit. It is also OK to treat yourself once in a while.

Bottom line is that your children are going to look to you and you have to be there for them as a healthy role model, but also let them know that no one is perfect all the time. As my one boss said way back when "that's why the good lord made erasers".

Copyright 2005, DeFiore Enterprises

Introducing Keep Kids Fit: A How To Guide For Setting Up And Running Your Own Business In One Year Or Less! Solutions for parents who want healthy children in body and mind! Our motto, "Eat Healthy, Live Healthy, Help Keep Kids Fit" Keep Kids Fit asks the question: Do You Want To Help Foster A Healthy Lifestyle For Your Child! If you answered yes, then visit our web blog at: http://hbsblogs.typepad.com/kee pkidsfit/ and visit our website today at: http://www.keepkidsfit.com

The Parent Teen Relationship: How Effective is Yours?

It was the homework that did it. Each night became a challenge in how I... Read More

To Clean or Not To Clean

Before my daughter was born my house was so tidy and immaculate that... Read More

The Post-Holiday Blues In Stepfamilies

In stepfamilies, big holiday expectations can lead to big disappointment--and post-holiday blues, says Susan Wisdom,... Read More

Pregnancy and Excercising - 6 Reasons to Excercise During Pregnancy

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health. Exercising during pregnancy can have additional... Read More

Anti Scooter Media Frenzy

An estimated five million scooters will be sold this year and according to the U.S.... Read More

Child Safety at Home

Maintaining a safe home environment for your childrenAs adults and parents we are responsible for... Read More

Why have children? DINCs, This is For You!

First there were Yuppies (Young Urban Professionals). Then came the Boomers, the Busters, the Boomlets,... Read More

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What is Impulsivity?

Impulsivity is one of the hallmarks of people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This impulsivity... Read More

Potty Dolls to Accelerate Potty Training Success

Sometime the most effective training tool in rapidly accelerating the rate of your child's training... Read More

When Kids Hurt Parents

The cruel callous remarks made by our offspring can sometimes wound us deeply, to the... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: Driving and Having a Car is a Privilege, Not a Right

Q. My teenage son is turning 16 early next year and he's already lobbying us... Read More

Valuable Parenting Tip

Very often, new parents rely on a parenting tip or two which is passed to... Read More

The Three Best Alternative Treatments for ADHD

There are a LOT of alternative treatments for sale out there for people with Attention... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: 4 Dangerous Myths

MYTH: All teens have to rebel, and the teen years will be miserable years for... Read More

The Ten Things That Successful Parents Do

1. They are leaders as well as parents. They don't rely on the schools, the... Read More

Three Sure-Fire Ways to Teach Your Child About Safety

Levels of SafetyBy teaching our children there are different levels of safety and those levels... Read More

Educational Toys - How Do Parents Choose The Best Toys For Their Child

The choices are mind numbing. Walk into any toy store or the toy section of... Read More

Who Are Your Kids Talking To Online?

Studies have shown that:1 out of 4 children were sent pictures of people who were... Read More

Picky Eater Kid Nutritional Guidelines

Although many children are picky eaters at some stage in their lives, the experts say... Read More

The ADD Child: Challenging Parents, Teachers and Friends

The ADD child exhibits a series of behaviors that are common in most children. Most... Read More

Calming Tips for Hyperactive Children

Parents of hyperactive children know the "Would you please just settle down?!" phrase well, and... Read More

How Can I Teach My Child Respect?

A common theme over the past 20 years has been how much children have changed... Read More

Diapers: Do You Choose Disposable Or Reusable?

Diapers..Changing a dirty diaper is not the best part of having a baby, but there's... Read More

Useful Jogger Stroller Accessories

There are many useful jogger stroller accessories out on the market today. Whether you are... Read More

Help Your Kids Learn More About Managing Their Personal Economy

Remember when cash was a tangible commodity in all of our personal economies? As kids,... Read More

15 Ways to Help Kids Like Themselves

1. Tell me something you like about yourself? Help your child to focus on her... Read More

From Birth to Teen, Spirituality in Children

Until about the age of six, children do not generally have the aptitude to think... Read More

How Effective Are Ritalin and Dexedrine in Treating the Symptoms of ADHD?

Many research studies have shown the overall effectiveness of stimulant medication, such as Ritalin and... Read More

Is Your Child Becoming A Praise Junkie?

Do you praise your child when he fulfils a basic bodily function? Do you praise... Read More

Bring On The Music To Help Your Child Learn Faster And More Effectively

Do you remember how you first learned the alphabet? I am quite sure that the... Read More

Son, Can I Use The Car Tonight?

I recall somewhere in the recesses of my aging brain a time past when kids... Read More

Unilateral Disarmament - The First Step to Improving Communications with Your Teenagers

Many times, we are so conditioned in how we speak that we do not realize... Read More

What is Hyperactivity in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Most of the ADHD kids that are seen in a private practice setting are hyperactive... Read More

Parents ? The No Child Left Behind Law Wont Do Much For Your Child

Past experience with federal education programs predicts that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act... Read More

Break Free From Power Struggles

You want your daughter to wear a dress to the party. She wants to wear... Read More

How to Set Healthy Limits at Work

Back in college, I wrote for a five-day-a-week, award-winning campus newpaper. My skills were growing... Read More

Trip, Trip, Trip... Here Is Your Night Visitor Again!

Night Visits From Your ChildIn the middle of the night you hear, trip, trip, trip... Read More

Whos Your Daddy? How to be a Great Dad in 5 to 7 Minutes

I am a dad. I have been now for over 8 years. And I suppose... Read More

Keeping Your Children Safe

The purpose of this article is to address some of the key points parents need... Read More

Remember The Generation Gap?

The techniques of managing relationships between parents and their children is as old as.. well,... Read More

Is Your Teen Swamped with Homework and Tests?

I hear from many parents that their child is stressed out with schoolwork, tests, finals,... Read More

Teach Children The Skills Of Optimism

Optimists do better academically, socially and enjoy better health than pessimists.Helping your child look on... Read More

Fundraising For Your Preschool Or Daycare Center

Most day cares are non-profit organizations that must operate within a tight budget that covers... Read More

EEG Biofeedback as a Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In this form of treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder the subject learns to pay... Read More

Mommy, I Can?t Sleep! Sleep Disturbance in Children

"Just turn the lights off and go to sleep"Do you find yourself saying this to... Read More

10 Steps To Prepare You For Life With Children

It's hard to explain to the uninitiated the changes that a child will bring to... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: The Trust Issue

Q. How do we decide what our teens should be able to do? How do... Read More

10 Steps to School Year Success

One of the most important aspects of parenting, is ensuring that your child gets a... Read More

Help Your Child Do Better in School

1. Create a personal schedule ... Read More

The B Word

Former students would probably attest to the fact that few things tried my patience as... Read More