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.
Created by Stephanie West Allen in 2003 Upsy Daisy Day is probably the way we all should look at beginning every day of our lives, not just June 8th. It’s all about waking up looking forward to the day instead of having our usual grumpy attitude.
If you think about it, you have a lot to be grateful for. The first thing is just waking up at all! If you are up early enough, look out at the beautiful sunrise and imagine it was created just for you. Or roll over and look at your mate laying next to you, you certainly have to be thankful for them (I hope). Or maybe it’s that yummy cup of coffee that you look forward to? Why not make every morning an “International”morning (as in the coffee). If you have to go to work, be thankful you have a job to go to when so many don’t.
The whole point is, find some reason to be happy about the morning. Maybe it’s a big thing like spending another day with the one you love, or a little thing like getting an unexpected hug from your cat. It really doesn’t matter what it is, if you start your day off on a good note the rest of your day will be better and so will everyone you come in contact with.
Sometimes it’s hard to do. I have to admit I am not a morning person but when I do get up early enough to see the sunrise I seem to always have a better day. In a world where we have so many things going wrong or turned upside down we need to fight back with the only weapon we have, our humor.
I work with children and make a practice of saying good morning to everyone I meet regardless of what time of the day it is. It doesn’t matter what time the clock says, it’s always nice to start your day off with a genuine “good morning”, even if you’ve been awake for 8 hours. It’s always morning somewhere in the world.
How to celebrate: Write down a list of things that make you happy so that you can review them in the morning and remind yourself what you have to be Upsy Daisy about. Buy someone else a cup of coffee in the morning just because. Remember that you set the tone for your day, set it right and the day will go well.