We don’t always know what the best thing to do is when we’re raising our children, but keeping them healthy is usually our priority above all else. Unfortunately, though for some reason our children don’t seem to love this idea quite often. We can provide them with the healthiest, most nutritious meals available and they will still want chocolate instead. We can provide them with all the tools they need to keep themselves clean and tidy, and they will still try to leave the house in a week old dress with chocolate down the front of it. We are usually fighting a losing battle; however, there are some things that we can do that softens the blow a little, and ensures that our children and healthy and without arguments.
Choose your battles
This one especially applies to toddlers, and that’s because they usually want to wear the most outrageous outfit, with the most inappropriate weatherproofing, for example, welly boots in the middle of summer or a bobble hat. But unless the clothes in your child have chosen puts them at risk (a bobble hat in the mid-summer he may come under this category) then it’s important to not add too much stress to yours and your child’s lives. Does it really matter if they have a polka dot T-shirt with fluorescent green shorts on? Does it matter that they’re wearing sunglasses in the middle of winter? Making sure your child is clean and safe, and as long as they are happy with their outfit choice, then it’s essential not to try and get into too many arguments with them. Also when it comes to hygiene, finding a face wash kids love will be a great asset to your day. Especially if they’re high school-age children with a strong mind of their own.
This one depends on the child, but quite often when a child has a routine to follow, with set ideas on which part of the morning is deserving of which part of the routine, if you fall out of routine for example during school holidays, then you will notice a vast difference in the motivation of your children. This is why it’s always a good idea to just keep going to make sure the children are up dressed, brushed their teeth and ready to face the world every morning. This will keep everybody in the same routine, and it won’t be so much of a shock when you go back. A calendar is a great idea, and you can also pre-warn them about dreaded vegetables or hair cuts this way too!
Communication is key to every relationship, so teaching your children how to communicate their needs and wants effectively, without being disrespectful to anybody else, is actually an important lesson to learn. The children may not be so keen on listening to you, but eventually, they will. The more consistent you are, the better, this will help encourage excellent communication. How does this help keep them safe? Well, it means that if there is anything they aren’t sure if they know how to get help.
Ultimately children can be full of energy, and it’s great to see, but they do need encouragement at times to look after themselves properly.