We all want our kids to thrive. To be happy, healthy, and safe. However, as adults, we understand that the world is a scary and dangerous place that we would love to shield our babies from for as long as humanly possible.
Parenting can cause an immense amount of stress (OK—utter terror). Luckily, today, there are all kinds of great resources and information available to make it just a tad easier. Check out these 5 tips for raising safe and healthy kids:
Regularly See Doctors (All Of You)
Making sure that everyone in the family is healthy and receiving their vaccinations and wellness exams is crucial for preventing future health problems. Not only does this prevent future disease, but it will also give us a professional opinion on whether our children are on track with where they should be developmental. For these reasons, it is vital to always have health insurance. If we’re having issues getting insured, we should check out health insurance quotes in Florida and consider short-term coverage until we can get things sorted out.
Teach The Kids Boundaries
According to the United States Department of Justice, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 20 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they’re 18. This statistic is understandably terrifying for every parent. Especially since there’s no way to be with our kids 24/7 and therefore, we can’t always know if something inappropriate is happening.
To ease our minds a little bit, we can teach our kids danger signs, who not to go home with, and we can teach them about boundaries. According to Rae Jacobson’s article for the Child Mind Institute, teaching our kids empathy and how to set boundaries at a young age instills this behavior when they’re older and the stakes are higher.
Encourage Healthy Habits
Healthy habits are even hard for adults. But we must start teaching our kids how to be healthy from a young age. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children should be getting at least one hour of physical activity a day and we should be teaching our kids to choose healthy meals and snacks so that they can have adequate energy, strong bones, and fight illnesses. They also note that we should be teaching our kids good oral hygiene skills.
Remember the good old days of riding bikes without care? Apparently, everyone does. According to John Hopkins Medicine, over 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bikes, bikes are the product that causes the most injuries to children (after cars), and head injuries are the most common injury associated with bikes. Therefore, we should be teaching our kids basic everyday safety. We should teach them about the importance of helmets, seat belts, sunscreen, looking both ways when crossing the road (or parking lot), and regularly washing their hands to prevent illness.
Let Them Explore
While going to amusement parks might not be in everyone’s price range (nor is it necessary to have fun with our children), we should still be going on “adventures” with our kids. If we do splurge on a Floridian amusement adventure, we should consider looking into Orlando stroller rentals instead of having to pack our own. Our arms will thank us.
It’s important for children’s development to be exploring their world. According to a report done by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, starting as young as infancy, our kids are already learning about the world even if it isn’t obvious through their behavior. They also note that this learning influences the way they will continue to learn later in life. By traveling, going to different places, and experiencing the world with our kids; not only will we bond with them, but we will also watch them learn and grow as little people.