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The habits kids learn during their early days are the easiest for them to keep and they inculcate it in their daily routine for the rest of their lives. As a parent there are various things you can do to ensure that your child develops healthy habits which will help them in their later life. Healthy habits include their food choices, physical activity habits, reading habits etc. which are sure to provide long term benefits to your kids. For every parent it is imperative that their kids are healthy and happy, and so it is their responsibility to keep their kids out of illness and maintain their physical and mental health. Here are some simple steps and guidelines to help you initiate the development of healthy habits in your kids.

  1. Keep things positive– Always encourage your child and appreciate them for the things they do rather than scolding and disregarding their work. Celebrate your child’s success and encourage them to do try new things.

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  2. Spend quality family time-A very major aspect in child’s health is the family time they spend. Take out time to plan fun things for your family and it will not only strengthen your family bond but would inculcate family virtues in your child.
  3. Encourage healthy food choices– Buy variety of fruits and vegetables and make it an everyday habit for your child to eat at least one fruit everyday and green leafy vegetables. Come up with new interesting recipes for your kids

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  4. Encourage physical activity– For today’s generation where even a two year old knows how to operate a smart phone, it is important that they understand the importance of physical activity. Make it an important point to include some sort of sport their daily routine. If it is possible make them join some coaching centers for various sports such as tennis, swimming etc.
  5. Be a good conversationalist– Keep lines open for your kids to hold conversations as a child so they become comfortable discussing their life decisions and problems in later life.
  6. Read every day– The knowledge and a friend that a book provides is unmatchable. Read to and with your kids everyday so that they develop good reading habits which will help them both in their academic front and in developing a better personality.

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  7. Teach them about family values– Be it about developing a good sibling relationship or respecting their grandparents, children learn about the family virtues and relationships from their parents. Teach them to develop a strong family bond.
  8. Stay involved– Guide your children in making better life decisions but don’t overpower their choices. As parents, make it a point to give them regular check-up at a doctor, take care of their daily routine but don’t disregard or overly interfere in their life.

Parents are any child’s first role model. Their habits are a reflection of their upbringing and no parent can deny this. So make it your top most priority to provide the best education, best eating habits and virtues to your children and don’t neglect their behavior for even a single day. Good habits can make a person go a long way and habits cannot be changed in a day, so appreciate and understand the importance of developing such habits in early lives of your child.

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