One of my main reasons I try to consistently work on my health is to be a role model for my children. I want to show them as healthy a lifestyle as possible so that they can make better choices on their own at some point. I know my children will not always make the healthy choice, but here are some ways that I try to be a role model for them.
Healthy at Home
At home is where I want to always provide a healthy meal to my family. It is rare for us to have junk food in the house, and this is intentional. No sugary sodas, no candy, no fried snacks, etc. Sometimes it is a struggle when my husband wants to have some sweet and salty snacks on hand for himself, but I constantly work to avoid it. Also, it is a personal trigger to have junk food in the house, because I will often overeat as a result of it being near. I focus on lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables (definitely need to increase the veggies, but I’m working on it) for our family meals and kid’s lunches.
I obviously can’t be perfect all the time, nor do I want to be when it comes to my family’s diet. I want to provide healthy nutritious foods at home on a consistent basis, but have special occasions for treats. If it is a holiday or we attend a birthday party, we will definitely partake in some cake or ice cream. When we’re on vacation, we will go out to eat more often. I believe that indulgences can be appreciated more when they are not apart of the norm.
Active Active Active
Especially because I have two little ones (under 5) I have to find ways to keep them active. It’s just good for everyone’s sanity. I also like to show my children ways to spend their time actively rather than sitting on the couch. Any chance we get and the weather permits, we will be at the park around the corner from our house. We also love going to a splash pad, zoo, aquarium, indoor trampoline or obstacle parks, children’s museums or whatever else we can find. Bonus #parentinghack is that the kids sleep so much better after they have run around a bit.
Being a role model for health is a continuous struggle. I do not always follow through on all of these ways, but I know that for my children I will always work towards that goal.