As parents, you all want to raise healthy kids, that are emotionally secure, confident, smart, good looking, with great self image, and that make good choices. It’s up to you to help your kids develop these skills. If you are not involved, they will learn from their peers, which is scary!
You can raise your kids by over-scheduling their time with outside activities, so you live a whirlwind existence, driving from place to place. I see that happening everywhere I turn, soccer mom, have mini-van, and will travel. The other choice is, to slow life down, limit these activities, teach balance, and take on the development of your kids yourselves. No choice in my opinion as to which option is best!
My Niece, Amanda (from 2005)
I home-schooled both of my kids until they were in high school, so I have walked my talk! I wanted to share a few of my ideas on how to incorporate:
As parents, for the sake of your children's health, you are in the best position to teach these skills to your kids, because you see them daily. As you work together on healthy diet habits, healthy cooking and meal planning, and character development, you will find yourself bonding with your kids in a new way.
Many conversation opportunities will open up that would be lost, if you just over scheduled your kids! Spending quality time with your kids is the best Lifestyle Solution of all time!
A fantastic site to check out if you have kids, is Chores and Checklists. The entire website is about raising responsible kids, and getting kids involved with helping around the house, and all the "hows" of getting them to help, including Chore checklists and fun games to get them involved.
A section that ties in with my site really well is their Kids Nutrition page and their tips on Cooking with Kids - including the "clean up process"! They have a page with 8 simple tips to get kids cooking, as well as some meal ideas for kids.
Definitely check out their site!