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How To Teach Wellness to Your Kids

What I’m wearing:
Puff Sleeve Floral
Dress (wearing a small), Steve Madden Rezza
Sneakers (true to size), Clare V Bateau Tote

When I first initiated the idea of month so many of you
asked how we go about introducing/teaching wellness to our kids.
It’s such a good question and made me think about my own
experience and knowledge of wellness which I guess I got from my
own parents. I think there are two big factors in teaching your
kids that wellness is an important part of living. Here is my two
cents…

LEAD BY
EXAMPLE

I think the greatest thing we can do as parents is lead by
example. My parents were always setting great examples that
exercise was/is an important part of your routine. They each carved
out time in their days to have that alone time to focus on
themselves. Aside from exercise, they always made it a point to
spend time together. They had a standing weekly date night and my
mom had a sitter once a week so she could play tennis and grab
lunch with girlfriends. I think teaching wellness can be very broad
but if you focus on a few aspects of it – exercise, healthy
eating, mental health (in terms of self care), different levels of
happiness (outside of how society defines “success”), etc. it
doesn’t have to be a big “how to.” Leading by example is the
easiest way silently your kids the importance of respecting
yourself, treating your body well and focusing on your own
individual wellbeing.

GET THEM
INVOLVED

I feel like this is something that Dave and I have really
focused on in the past year. We love to get our kids outside for a
run in the stroller, we take them to the gym and make it a point to
show them which machines we did that day, we take them grocery
shopping and plan out our meals together, we include them in
cooking, we talk about feelings and explain that it’s okay to
express certain emotions. Our kids are sponges and the more they
absorb, the better! Charlie can ask a million questions and it
reminds me how much he learns just by listening and being involved.
The more they are included the more likely they are to understand
the importance of what you’re teaching them and carry it into
their own lives (no matter their age!).

EXPRESS
YOURSELF

I have found this easier to do now that Charlie is a little
older. Now we do it with Jack too but he still doesn’t always
understand. Expressing ourselves or WHY we made
certain choices has been huge for not only the communication in our
family but for explaining why we feel the need to do certain
things/make certain choices. Whether it’s why
I’m going to the gym solo or why we eat broccoli
or why Charlie’s feelings are hurt or
why mommy got mad at daddy. I think it helps our
kids understand that whatever it is, it’s okay to have a reason
or a why you feel the need to do that or why it’s a good thing to
do. The more we explain to them the more they understand!

I think, as parents, it’s easy to feel the pressure to
“teach” our kids. Sometimes I think it’s important to
communicate your feelings more so than TEACH. They learn so much
from us without even knowing!

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