So many people make New Years resolutions to lose weight, work out more, eat less, diet more, and to live a more healthy lifestyle. When we discuss these ambitions it’s important to realize that our children are listening and following our actions. To a young one it can be challenging to understand what all the fuss is about and why we should be striving to be healthy.
I am a huge fan of The Berenstain Bears (as I will surely write several posts about them) and this is a great picture book to start a conversation about healthy living. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food shares with kids how often treats come into play for all of our lives, parents included and what it can do to our bodies. They talk about healthy eating choices and how exercising as a family adds to overall health.
Another way to get your kids thinking and talking about healthy eating is to involve them in the kitchen. There are a TON of great cookbooks that are geared for kids. My oldest son Quinn (9 years old) loves to cook. He often will eat so much better and healthier meals if he is involved in making them. Here is a picture of my little chef and two of his favorite cookbooks- DK Cook It and Kids in the Kitchen.