Think good habits are just for grown-ups? Think again! They’re the building blocks for a lifetime of health!
Here are 18 good habits to work on with kids of all ages.
- Drink a glass of water before each meal and snack.
- Make half of each plate fruits and vegetables.
- Turn off screens at mealtime.
- Eat with the family.
- Help with at least one task each night while making dinner (a win for parents and kiddos!).
- Help in the veggie garden.
- Stop eating when you’re no longer hungry.
Good Habits for the Mind
- Do a random act of kindness.
- Spend some time outside.
- Write in a gratitude journal (or say 3 things that make you happy).
- Spend at least 15 minutes reading. A sibling or grownup can help nonreaders!
- Listen to a mindfulness CD or podcast (we love Sitting Still Like a Frog!)
- Cut back on TV time.
Good Body Habits
- Set a timer for every hour while doing homework. Get up and move for a few minutes every time it dings.
- Move your body for 15-20 minutes before you start studying.
- Have a dance party after breakfast each morning.
- Take a walk with a parent each night and talk about your day.
- Brush your teeth.
Kind of seems like a lot of work on top of just keeping them alive every day, no?
Not at all, as long as you start small!
Start by reading my tips for teaching healthy habits. Then, pick a habit that’s not already in your arsenal and spend a few weeks working on it as a family. It’ll be second nature before you know it!
Now, parents, I’d love to hear from you. What habits would you love for your kids to pick up? Share your thoughts in the comments.