Lifestyle Read Time: 3 min

Raising Healthy Children

One of the greatest legacies any parent can give a child is a framework for living an enduring healthy lifestyle.

It is hard to underestimate the power parents have on their children’s development, which is why parenting is such a profound responsibility.

The attitudes and habits formed in childhood can determine your child’s health in his or her adult years. Here are some ideas for parents who are looking to raise healthy children that grow up to be healthy adults.

Start Early

Good eating, sleeping, and exercise habits should begin early in childhood. It’ll save you (and your adult child) from the difficulties of breaking bad habits later on.

Be Family-Centric

Make healthy living a family affair. Consider the impact even small actions can have. Did you know that families that share meals tend to choose healthy foods like fruits and vegetables over soda and fried foods? Likewise, kids who eat more often with their families are less likely to become overweight or obese.1

Plan for Healthy Meals and Snacks

Modern lives are busy, but try to plan ahead by stocking healthy foods and snacks in the house. You may even want to cook a few meals during the weekend for the week ahead. If you’re looking to improve dieting behaviors, be sure to move slowly with these changes. The less the kids notice, the more effective the transition will likely be. Expose your child to different foods by pairing them with foods he or she already likes.

Be Active

It may be harder than ever to tear children away from the phone, computer, and TV, but it’s crucial that children engage in active play. It doesn’t have to be an organized event. Challenge your child to a push-up contest, or offer to play goalie so he or she can practice soccer kicks. Connect physical activity to a positive experience.

Be a Role Model

Lessons are difficult to teach if the teacher is not practicing what he or she preaches. Be sure to lead by example.

1. DHS.gov, August 25, 2020

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright FMG Suite.

Share |
 

Related Content

How the Federal Reserve Works

How the Federal Reserve Works

Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system.

Do You Have Financial Vampires in Your Life?

Do You Have Financial Vampires in Your Life?

Financial vampires can take a lot out of you, are there any in your life?

Retirement Planning With Your Special Needs Child in Mind

Retirement Planning With Your Special Needs Child in Mind

Having a special needs child adds another layer of complexity to retirement planning. A special needs trust may help.

 

Have A Question About This Topic?







Thank you! Oops!

Budgeting After a Divorce

Divorce is the second most stressful time in a person's life. Here's some tips to get through it.

How Retirement Spending Changes With Time

It can be difficult for clients to imagine how much they’ll spend in retirement. This short, insightful article is useful for jumpstarting a conversation about retirement spending, spending habits, and potential medical costs.

Disability Protection for Your Employees and Your Business

Many business owners are surprised to learn that wages paid to a disabled employee, not subject to a written plan, are not tax-deductible business expenses.

View all articles

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

View all calculators

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

View all presentations

The Fed and How It Got That Way

Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.

The Cycle of Investing

Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.

Investments

You’ve made investments your whole life. Work with us to help make the most of them.

View all videos