Today I’d like to do something I haven’t done before here on my blog. I’m gonna share an article my husband, Tony, wrote over on his blog: TonyFunderburk.com He’s a children’s writer, and for weeks now he’s been writing articles he puts under the heading of “Rhyme Time”. He’s literally writing a new rhyme time post every day, and yesterday he wrote one called “Healthy Habits For Kids“. Since I focus on health for the whole family, I figured this would be a fun thing to share with you.
So, I’ll just paste in his article and “Rhyme Time” and let you read it for yourself. Feel free to leave comments here, and I’ll pass them on to Tony. Or go to his website and tell him yourself.
Get plenty of sleep. Eat foods that are good for you. Donâ€™t eat and drink sugary stuff all the time. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Yep, these are allÂ healthy habits for kids. But did you know that healthy habits are more than just food and hygiene?
For instanceâ€¦thereâ€™s this very addictive invention that almost all American families have in their house. Itâ€™s called a TV. Maybe youâ€™ve heard of it? Well, itâ€™s one of theÂ worst enemiesÂ of good health there is. Donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦itâ€™s full of entertaining fun, but thatâ€™s where the danger lies. So many people get started watching one program and then hit the remote and watch another and another and so on.
Well, hereâ€™s a way to turn bad TV watching habits into healthy habits for kids. Itâ€™s really easy. When commercials come on, everybody gets up and does one household task. Just one. These can be folding clothes, or putting water out for the pet, or sweeping a room, or putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher. The list is endless. And you might be surprised at how easy it is to get a lot done since there are so many commercials nowadays. Go ahead give it a go. Itâ€™s good for the whole family. Last one back has to make theÂ smoothiesÂ next time.
There are lots of other ways to develop healthy habits for kids. And the younger you start with them the easier it is to get themÂ in the groove.
Another example using TV time is what I call missiletoes. I misspelled that on purpose. Hereâ€™s how it works. When the commercials come on, tell the kids you want to see who can stand on their tiptoes the longest. Theyâ€™re free to walk around, but they just canâ€™t go back down on their heels or theyâ€™re out of the game. And while theyâ€™re up on their toes, you can fire questions at them about the show to see what they remember. Tell them itâ€™ll earn themÂ extra points.
Missiletoes can really build up leg muscles, and almost all kids enjoy being challenged. Especially if thereâ€™s a reward. Of course, make sure the reward is another one of those healthy habits for kids. More on that later.
There are lots of ways you can changeÂ unhealthy habitsÂ into healthy ones. Maybe you have some creative ideas youâ€™d like to share. If so, leave a comment below. In the meantime, hereâ€™s theâ€¦
~ Rhyme Time For Today ~
Little things you do each day
Help to keep the blues away.
Jumping when you get a chanceâ€¦
Doing a delightful danceâ€¦
Picking toys up off the floor
Before you head out the doorâ€¦
Drinking smoothies colored green
Not those colas with caffeineâ€¦
Smiling when youâ€™d rather frownâ€¦
Walking like a ten foot clownâ€¦
Splashing puddles in the rainâ€¦
Whistling like an old steam trainâ€¦
I could just go on and on,
But Iâ€™d surely make you yawn.
So, I guess thatâ€™s all today.
Now, go chase those blues away.
â€œEnergize & Revitalizeâ€
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