Schools out for the summer! Remember that feeling when you walked out of your final lesson and could almost see the 6 long, sunny weeks stretched out ahead of you, ah those were the days. Snap back to reality for all the parents, and now there’s a lot of days to fill with activities and fun stuff to keep everyone happy, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do!
You’ll have seen all sorts in the news about childhood obesity, and we were shocked to see that one in five 10-11-year olds is classed as obese so as part of our mission to make life a little healthier, we’ve put together some ideas to help your kids develop healthy habits over the summer holidays.
On your feet!
No couch potatoes here – get the little ones on their feet whenever you can, even if it’s for simple stuff like going to the post office or nipping to the shop, forget jumping in the car and take advantage of the sun with a light stroll. Get the bikes, scooters and footballs out to keep things fun along the way and everyone will be happy! We’ve heard lots about The Daily Mile too, which is simple and free and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom – something worth looking into for your local school when the new term starts in September!
Ready, steady, cook
We think learning about ingredients and how to cook plays a big part in healthy eating habits and developing a great relationship with food, so start them young and get hands on in the kitchen! Sure, it may make things a little messier but teaching little ones about nutrients in their food and developing their taste buds and understanding of cooking is super important, it’s worth the extra cleaning we think! It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about the traffic light system on food labels and how to make good decisions about what they choose to eat. You could even make a game of things when you’re at the supermarket and send them off on a quest to find the sauce or cereal with the most green label – it’s all about fun!
Healthy routine = healthy habits
It apparently takes 66 days for something to become a habit, and the only way to nail that is with a damn good routine, but you know that already! When it comes to the summer break, it can be easy for routines to slip and go a little all over the place so things like waking up around the same time, regularly drinking water, and eating a balanced breakfast and dinner together each day are some of the best ways to keep things on track. Parents are super heroes to their kids, so if you’re leading by example with healthy habits they should be following in your footsteps in no time!