Healthy Kids = Happy Kids
Communication is the number one way to keep your teens and tweens happy and healthy. If there was only one skill you could work on this would be it. Learning to talk to your children is the basis for all other parenting skills. Along with learning communication it is very important to watch your nonverbal communication too.
Here are 5 Nonverbal Communication Cues for Parents:
1. Use an upbeat tone of voice.
2. Use eye contact when listening to your teen.
3. Smile as much as possible.
4. Use open gesture and avoid finger pointing or crossing your arms.
5. DON'T be afraid to touch your son or daughter. A simple pat on the back or hug goes a long way.
Consistency with your children is the key to a better relationship. To be consistent - stop what you are doing and think through what it is you want your child to do. Take a deep breath before speaking. Make sure your teen is understanding what you are asking of them and always find ways to thank your child.
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One of the smartest things we can do for our children is to offer them healthy alternatives. Many parents put their children on diets, but that rarely works and may even be harmful. You should always consult a doctor prior to doing this.
Healthy diets are important, but kids need more than just healthy foods. They need family time and exercise, and less TV and video games. They also need plenty of rest in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Ways to help your children become healthy:
1. Eat together
2. Improve Nutrition and snack choices
3. Limit Caffeine intake
4. Limit time in front of electronics
5. Exercise daily
6. Limit fast food
7. Watch portion control
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