We are all concerned about the health of our kids, but most of the time, their health is compromised because of unhealthy habits and risky behavior. The New Year is the right time to encourage your child to make a resolution that they will develop a healthy living style from now on.
The American Academy of Pediatrics came up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that every child should make this year. The list has been divided by the age of the children and their ability to stick to their resolutions.
It also contains some resolution ideas that are beneficial for the children’s health too. May you meet success with the New Year’s resolution you make this year:
Keep toys clean and place them in their proper place.
Brush teeth two times every day, wash hands after using the bathroom and also before eating.
Do not tease pets and avoid keeping your face and fingers away from the mouths of animals.
For kids 5 to 12 years of age:
Drink low-fat milk everyday, drink lots of water, and limit fruit drinks and soda to special occasions only.
Apply sunscreen before going out on sunny days. Try to be in the shade as much as possible, and wear sunglasses and a hat while playing sports.
Find a sport or activity like soccer, basketball, dancing, bike riding or jumping rope as per your interests and do it at least 3 times in a week.
Always wear a helmet while bicycling.
Wear a seat belt in the car at all times. Sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until you are tall enough to use a shoulder or lap seat belt. The law states you must be at least 80 lbs. before you can sit without a booster seat or sit in the front seat.
For older kids that are above the age of 13:
Eat two servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Take good care of your body via nutrition and physical activity.
Whenever you feel stressed or angry, take a break from your daily routine and get involved in another activity such as writing a journal, reading, or exercising.
Always resist peer pressure when your friends ask you to try alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
All these New Year’s resolution ideas will benefit your kids’ health significantly.