For many of us, having kids meant a change of lifestyle. Even if you were relatively healthy and sensible before, there are probably some things that are worth knocking on the head once you become a responsible parent. Looking after ourselves is so important when we have kids, we need to be around for them for as long as possible- and we also want to lead by example. Here are some things to consider if you’re growing your family for the next year.
Eating right doesnt have to mean eating ‘perfectly’. We can, and should enjoy food, and that includes a wide range of things (some of which that aren’t considered as healthy). The key is balance, nothing is unhealthy in moderation. Aim to eat lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein and low fat dairy and sprinkle in some things here and there that you just love the taste of. Eat meals together as a family as much as you can, and make it a fun, enjoyable and stress free experience which will encourage kids to have a good relationship with food.
No More Smoking
If you’re a smoker, think about quitting. It’s not just about you – secondhand smoke can be really harmful for your kids. Get some support from friends, family, or programs that help people quit, switching to vaping first can be a good way to get you to where you need to be. Vaping doesnt contain the same harmful toxins as cigarettes so there’s no second hand smoke risk, and you can wean yourself off over time so that you no longer need it. You can get E-Liquids that taste like disposable vapes these days which can save you money and help you on your quitting journey.
Exercise is important for everyone, so get the whole family involved. Take walks, play games, or dance around in the living room, it should never feel like a chore. Your kids will love it, and you’ll all be getting healthier together.
Sleep might be a bit tricky with little ones around, especially during the baby and toddler years but try and do what you can. Make a routine that works for the whole family, for example if you have a baby this might mean splitting the nights so that you and your partner both get a chunk of uninterrupted rest. If once of you goes to sleep at 6pm when the baby goes down and then takes over at midnight when the other comes to bed, you both get around 6 hours each. This can be much more doable than both of you being woken up multiple times throughout the night.
Don’t forget about checkups. They’re not just for your kids- you need to take care of yourself too. Regular checkups help catch problems early, and it’s a habit your kids will learn is important for a healthy life. Dentists, opticians and other health appointments should be scheduled on a regular basis.