The nights are getting brisk, and summer has definitely moved into autumn. The changing of the season is a good time to think about the routines of nature. Winter into spring into summer into fall. Days elapse, seasons change, and we age another year (albeit at a steady, daily pace).
Now school is back in session, and Halloween is just around the corner. Hopefully by now, the kids have settled back into their daily routines of school, studies, sports and other social activities.
Amidst the chaos of the Back-to-School season, it’s important to maintain healthy routines. As we all know, without a solid plan, things tend to get off-track quickly. This is why we need to periodically take stock of things, making sure that we’re providing the necessary guidance to help our kids make healthy choices.
Why are habits so important? It’s really about balance. Healthy habits help us to develop a healthy balance to our lives. When we show kids how to have a balanced life, one that nurtures their minds, bodies and souls, we give them a better chance at achieving healthy outcomes.
Eating right and staying active are habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, and are habits that typically lead to a longer life. Remember, kids look for role models, and often mirror the behavior that they see in the adults around them. To instill healthy eating and exercise habits, it’s important that we set a good example for our kids.
Another issue that’s getting lots of attention these days has to do with screen time. Most kids get screen time at school, and most are carrying a device that allows them even more time in front of a screen. This doesn’t count the additional hours spent recreationally watching videos or surfing the net.
So how much screen time is too much? There’s no hard-and-fast rule, but this blog post provides some tips about how to monitor and limit the screen time that your child experiences.
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