Nobody knows the usual habits of kids more than their own parents and how they constantly try to make them realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle which is very crucial in the growth of a child. Therefore, in this session, we are going to discuss "How to imbibe a healthy lifestyle through effective parenting" with Dr Richa Mittal. She holds an MBBS, MD, DNB Pediatrics as her qualifications along with a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ISPGHAN). Her Instagram handle is @pediatricianmommy_diaries.
(06:45-12:03) What steps can parents take to relieve pandemic stress off of their children?
(12:05-19:35) What are the hacks that kids should practice to maintain daily hygiene during COVID?
(19:40-29:30) What are the essential food items that kids should eat in a day for good growth and what are their benefits?
(29:35-33:30) Due to a shift to online education kids spend a considerable amount of time online. What sort of diet do you suggest to combat the same?
(33:35-38:08) How can parents take care of the nutrition levels of their kids when there is a change in eating habits during adolescence?
(38:10-43:30) Any advice to new parents or a golden rule of parenting?
Parents and other caregivers can guide children to develop lifestyle habits that will support their good health for years to come. We know that as a parent or caregiver you may not have all the answers. Like many Americans, you may even struggle to develop and stick with healthy habits of your own. One way to win this double struggle is to practice healthy lifestyle habits—together!
How can I help my child form healthy habits?
As a parent or caregiver, you play a big part in shaping children's eating and drinking habits. When you make it a habit to consume foods and beverages that are low in added sugars, saturated fat, and salt and are high in fiber, the children you care for may learn to like these foods as well. If a child you are caring for does not like a new food right away, don't be upset. Children often need to see a new food many times before they will try it.
Be a role model. As a parent or caregiver, you also have an effect on children's physical activity. You do not need to be an expert at any activity. Just get up, move, and show children how much fun being active can be. They may grow to like it too. You can set a good example by going for a walk or riding a bike instead of watching TV, playing a video game, or surfing the internet. Find an activity that you enjoy and can do together.
Talk about being healthy. As you learn more about how to improve your health, take the time to talk to your children about how a certain food or physical activity may help them. For example, when going for a walk, bring your children with you and let them pick the route. Discuss how walking helps you feel better and is a fun way to spend time together.
Use your children's food and beverage choices as teaching moments. Speak up when you see unhealthy choices. Direct children to healthier options or say, "You can have a little of that, but not too much." Talk to them about why an overly salty or heavily sugared snack is not the best choice. Avoid making them feel guilty about their food or beverage choices. You can also praise your children when they choose a healthy item like fruit.