How to Help Your Teen Stay Healthy Through the Angst
By Genevieve Cunningham
The teenage years are incredibly hard. Teenagers are in the height of learning emotional control, and because of this they spend quite a bit of time in a state of angst. For parents, this is one of the hardest times to communicate with your children. And it's also a really difficult time to keep them healthy. Teens don't listen, so they are unlikely to do what you say regarding their health. If you're struggling to keep your teenager's health in check, take a look at these tips for keeping your teens in the best health possible through these troublesome years.
Try to Keep Them Involved
You can’t control everything that your teenagers do, but you can definitely encourage them to stay involved. The more involved your teenagers are, the less likely they are to get into any trouble. If they’re involved in something active -- perhaps a sport or gym -- they’ll stay more physically fit. And because the teenage years are dominated by peers, it will also keep them mentally healthy. Though you can’t force them to get involved, you can encourage or persuade until they finally give something a try.
Ask Them Questions
Teens probably aren’t going to come home from school and spill their guts, but believe it or not, they do want you to be involved. How can you do this? Ask questions … and then listen. Don’t judge, give advice, just listen. Asking questions allows them to open up without having to take the first step, and as long as you can listen without judgment, your teen may keep talking and keep you involved in their social, emotional, and mental well-being.
Prepare Their Food
At this age, a lot of teens choose their own food. And honestly, they’ll probably choose fast food and snacks whenever possible. As parents, you can at least keep the food that you prepare healthy and nutrient dense. Dinners should be well balanced, breakfasts should be mandatory. This helps take care of their physical health through diet, and by having dinners together, you’ll be helping to take care of their mental health as well.
Teens can be tough. And keeping them healthy can definitely be a chore. If you need a little help getting your teen moving in the right direction, use these tips. With some consistency, you may be able to instill some good habits in your teen so that they can keep a healthy lifestyle from here on out.
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