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3 Smart Ways to Raise the Healthiest Kids

By Genevieve Cunningham

Are your kids healthy? Most of us like to think that our kids are relatively healthy. They might get sick from time to time, but overall, they're just regular kids. But here's the thing: In today's world, the bar for good health has been set incredibly low. We're more overweight and sedentary than ever before. And if we're not careful, we'll be setting our kids up for a decline in health in their future. The key is to start now -- right this minute, no matter their age. To raise the healthiest kids and set them up for future success, take a look at these tips to start right now.

Set an Example

Kids do what we do. We can tell them something all day long, but unless we practice it, they're not going to practice it either. If you want healthy kids, set an example. Eat well. Exercise. Go to bed on time. The healthier our own habits, the healthier our children's habits will be. Practice what you preach, and there's a much better chance that your kids will do the same.

Expect Responsibility

One of the healthiest things for kids to learn is responsibility. They need it to thrive as kids and also as adults. Teach your kids responsibility by giving chores and setting expectations. A young child may be able to make their bed and pick up dirty clothes. An older child can take out the trash and take care of a pet. Kids will rise to your expectations, so set them up for success by expecting responsibility now. 

Leave Room for Exploration

Another important aspect of a child's health is personal exploration. Kids have to figure out who they are, and the best way to do that is with free play. If they want to play outside, let them. If they want to try a sport, encourage them. If they want to learn a language or hone in their art skills, help them find a way. As kids grow, they'll come into their own and become more confident. The more you can foster the process, the healthier it will be for their mental well-being. Raising healthy kids is both challenging and rewarding. It's one of the best things you can do as a parent -- to foster good mental, physical, and emotional health. Use these tips to get started, and you;ll be setting your kids up for better success and happiness in the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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