1. Healthy Food
Children need nutritious food to provide energy, promote growth of body tissues and regulate body functions. Prepare healthy food and snack that have variation in colour, such as RED-ORANGE-GREEN-YELLOW for kinds of vegetables and fruits each day. Teaching children to eat wisely and moderately is an investment in their future, and establishing healthy eating habits in the early years is vital to a child’s future health. An apple a day keeps a doctor away is a good song to sing along with your child while he enjoys his apple!
2. Let them move!
All children need a healthy body to house a healthy brain! Children engaged in daily physical education show superior motor fitness and academic performance, and research suggest that physical exercise boosts brain function, improves mood and increases learning. Parents can conduct a free exercise or a structured play to motivate children to move. Simple activities such as running, jumping forward and backward, catching a ball, doing a somersault, skipping or balancing on one foot are few ideas to do with preschoolers. Bigger children love to do more structured play or exercise such as basketball, treasure hunt, or indoor obstacle courses.
3. Loving the Sun
Even though there are many different opinions and argumentation of sunbathing time, it is without any doubts that sun is a good source of Vitamin D. Children should get exposure to the outdoor and being outside in the sun as it does make them feel good. Sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D, which is crucial to health. Vitamin D not only builds strong bones and healthy teeth, but it also keeps the immune system working. Studies have shown that exposing the body to sunlight increases the number of white cells in the blood. Remember to use sunscreens, hats, protective clothing when sunbathing, and to avoid the sun when it is at its hottest.
4. Laughter is the best medicine!
Laughter promotes thinking and problem-solving at a higher level. It makes children and adults healthier and happier, and it grows connections within your brain! You can play with your child and let the fun itself creates laughter for all. Fantasy, make-believe, silly words and songs, and body noises are examples of activities you can do with children. Remember to let everything runs as natural as it is, without any boundaries to be more creative and to do more than just one activity. After all, the bonding itself creates a good parenting experience for parents and learning experience for children.
5. Sleep Tight!
Researches generally accept that sleep allows neurons to “shut down” and repair any damage done during the day. Sleep is the time when body rids itself most effectively of the poisonous waste products which build up around cells during day time activities. It is suggested that children spend 30 minutes of unwinding with a quiet activity such as doing a jigsaw puzzle, reading a book or quietly playing with a favourite toy before starting their bedtime routine. Television, school work or computer games are not good for bedtime routine!