Yey! It’s finally here! Our very first Wonder Mom Wednesday Link up! I’m hooking up with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Susan from Mom Swim Bike Run to talk all things MOM! Now I know not all of my readers are moms, so I hope this doesn’t bore you. But be prepared for some good stuff, you may even get a few laughs from it! Who knows, if you don’t have kids, we many convince you to never have them OR you may be convinced TO have them So without further adieu, here is the first installment!
This week’s topic:
BACK TO SCHOOL!
So ya’ll know I was pretty excited when my oldest started kindergarten….I may have even been a bit more excited than him. I may have been doing this the morning of the 1st day of school:
Ok, ok, I don’t want ya’ll to think that I was excited to get rid of my kid. It was a day of mixed emotions. I was so excited but when I left him and watched him blend in with a sea of children (many older) I started to panic a little. He is out of my control now. In preschool it was a much more controlled environment. Now, in public school I don’t have control over what kids he is hanging out with during the day or what influences he might come across. It’s a scary world out there these days. I adore Mini Cupcake #1 but on the other hand it is his time. He is a kid that needs a lot of structure, and I can’t always give that to him. I WISH I was that mom that had the patience to homeschool and think of creative activities during the summer, but unfortunately I’m not.
So since I am an active mama and I’m trying to instill those healthy values on my children, it’s really important to stick with them, ESPECIALLY during school now that there are so many more outside influences and such an important time in their physical and cognitive development. So I wanted to talk about healthy habits for back to school! There is such a trend of children being inactive and having poor diets that has lead to horrible obesity statistics.
I remember a child I took care of a long time ago and this story will stick out in my head forever as it reminded me exactly what I did NOT want to teach my child….it was in the Intensive care unit and he was actually doing really well and was on his way out to go home. He was 3. I went in to take his vital signs and he was playing the XBox that was in the room (all rooms were equipped with them). I went in, said hello and he ignored me. His parents were sitting in the room as well and eating McDonalds and had brought him McDonalds for lunch as well. This 3 year old weighed 6o pounds. Yes, SIXTY pounds, you heard me right. When I spoke to him he ignored me and continued playing his game. I had to ask him a question and I know he could talk and was fully able to communicate (he had spoken to me previously) So, I asked him again. Again, nothing. No eye contact. No acknowledgement that I was there. Just continued to play the XBox. So, I moved and stood in his line of vision so he couldn’t see the video game. He leaned around me so he could continue to play. He was like a zombie and so focused on the XBox. This made me so sad. He was THREE years old. It was quite obvious that video games and an unhealthy diet were what he is exposed to at HOME. WE as parents DO make a difference in healthy choices and habits that our children have. They learn from US. WE are their role models and I don’t think enough parents/caregivers really take that to heart. THIS is what drives me to stay active. Of course, some of it is selfish for my own mental health and physical well-being, but as a parent my Mini Cupcakes are truly the most important and why I do everything that I do.
So back to the topic at hand. I want to talk about the most important healthy habits for our children when they go back to school!
Get those kids moving! For most of us (an I’m assuming most of my readers are active) this probably isn’t an issue. But I have the feeling we are in the minority. The childhood obesity rate is skyrocketing since the internet and video games. According to the CDC:
Did you know that it is recommended that children between the ages of 6 and 12 get at least 10-12 hours of sleep?? That is a lot! I can’t imagine getting that much sleep. But your childs brain is still developing during this time period. Sleep helps your child to stay alert, enhances their memory and can boost their academic performance! Kids who get more sleep are less likely to have behavior problems or be moody as well. This is not rocket science, we all know this. The brain needs rest in order to reach is maximum potential. Get your kids to bed early!
We all know that a healthy diet is important for brain function. Kids need the energy from healthy foods to stay alert and focus in the classroom. The First Lady, Michelle Obama is trying to make big changes in our school systems with school lunches and healthy eating habits, HOWEVER, while it’s great in theory, I don’t necessarily think that makes a difference in the long run. Kids see and learn what is at home as I said above! If their parents are buying McDonalds for lunch every day and eating artificial processed foods that are high in sugar and fat, it doesn’t matter what is served in the cafeteria at school, they will continue to eat that way. Have any of you seen this video? I thought it was pretty powerful and really struck a cord with me.
I don’t know about any of you, but I am guilty guilty guilty. As the parent of young children I face the food battle every.single.day. Sometimes I get focused on just getting them to eat something.ANYTHING. And I’ve used french fries and bribes with junk food to get them to do something I wanted them to do. And it’s hard. I get it. We can’t make everything from scratch. I am home most of the week and I can’t even find the time to make everything homemade. But I’m trying to make healthier choices. They MUST have at least one piece of fruit a day and they MUST have one vegetable at dinner. It took years to get them to eat anything green, but for some reason they have all of a sudden started loving steamed broccoli. It goes on their plate every day.
So with all of this said (most of which shouldn’t be anything new), I challenge you to:
eliminate processed foods
cut out refined sugar
cook at home as much as possible
Do something active with your kids once a day
Limit TV time
Limit video games
Let’s give our kids the best possible chance they have to live happy, HEALTHY lives!! Happy Back to School to everyone!
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How many hours of sleep do YOUR kids get?
What do you do to help keep your kids active?
How do you get your kids to want to eat healthy?!