Like it or not, children watch adults and learn both good, and bad, habits. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to see healthy and happy children but we more often that not live the old adage that says, “do as I say, not as I do”.
Child Health Day was created as directed by a joint resolution by Congress and the President of the United States in 1928. Originally the day was May 1st as declared by President Calvin Coolidge but in 1960 changed to the 1st Monday in October.
The celebration should be among all of us though, not just the children. Yes, it is a great day to make us aware of keeping our children healthy, but we need to show them by doing what we ask them to do. So consider your life as an example. If you smoke, your children are likely to smoke, if you over eat, your children are likely to over eat. If you do not exercise, your children are likely not to exercise.
Eating really starts the effort to be healthy. Eating correctly gives you more energy to exercise, have an active mind and sleep better. Though you can become obsessed with being healthy it will generally lead to being happier, which in turn makes you healthier.
Believe it or not, working at a job you enjoy also affects the health of your children. If you are always depressed, stressed out, and generally unhappy, your child will copy these emotions in their every day life. So, if you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of your child. Yes, we all want our children to be healthy and happy but do we think about the fact that it all starts with a grown up!
How to celebrate – Teach your child to eat healthy. Play outside with your child instead of sharing a video game. Show your child the positive side of things instead of being negative.