Specifically, to reduce the risk of childhood obesity/weight issues.
We all know a good diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains combined with regular play time are the biggies but what little things do you do?
I will probably be accused of over-thinking this but meh! I've had weight issues my entire life so I'm keen to do what ever I can to minimse the risk of passing this on to my children.
- DS wears black sneakers to school rather than black leather school shoes. This means he is always ready for a game of chase or sport. I wore those black leather school shoes and found them so clunky and hot and not conducive to being physically active.
- DD usually wears shorts or leggings rather than skirts or dresses so she can climb, jump etc without getting tangled or restricted by excess fabric.
- When DD goes to school I'll encourage her to wear the skort and shirt option but if she wants to wear the dress I will make sure she has plenty of those sports/gym undies to wear over her underwear.
- The nutrition aspects of food are promoted (eg eating yoghurt helps to make you grow, carrots help you see in the dark etc)
- Both children do swimming lessons and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. Part of the reason for this is so they can have at least 1 sport they can be good/confident at.
- Both kids have been more or less browbeated (gently) into believing they are clever and kind.
What do you do?