Category: Dealing With Your Child
Category: Dealing With Your Child
Millions of children today are either obese or overweight, causing much concern among parents. There are a number of reasons for this. Junk food is now readily available and quite cheap. One other reason is that children today are more sedentary, spending a good chunk of their time playing video games or watching TV instead of running and playing outside. Whatever cause of your child’s weight problem, though, it’s your responsibility as a parent to find a way to help your child. In this article, we’re going to mention a few steps you can take to help your overweight or obese child.
The type of drinks that your child consumes can have an effect on his or her health and weight. Soda and other high-sugar drinks are being consumed by many kids today. There are also dozens of high sugar energy drinks available. You’ll also find many kids ordering drinks high in calories in coffee shops. Fruit juices are also high in calorie and sugar and therefore contribute to the problem of obesity in children. You’re better off giving your child fresh fruit than canned or bottled juice because the latter is packed full of sugar and more often than not doesn’t contain real fruit. Children are better off drinking water than other kinds of beverages. You can also try giving your child herbal teas, as these are low-calorie alternatives and a lot healthier than sodas and other sugary drinks. You need to help your child cut back on consuming unhealthy beverages if he or she is to get to a healthy weight.
For many decades, people have been made to believe that milk is healthy and should be consumed every day, especially by kids. Today, there are differing opinions with regards to milk and dairy products. If you have an overweight child, be careful about his or her consumption of milk and milk-based products such as cheese and ice cream.
Young children are often encouraged to drink lots of milk, and this habit may stay with them even when it’s not good for them. If they drink chocolate milk, this contains even more calories. Try getting your child to eat healthier milk substitutes such as low-fat yogurt. These yogurts have protein and calcium and less fat and fewer calories. You don’t have to remove milk from children’s diets completely, but you should make sure they aren’t getting more than they need.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem, and parents should be aware of what causes it and how to deal with it. Parents whose children are overweight or obese should talk to a doctor and come up with a plan on how they can help their children lose weight. The tips we’ve covered in this article can help you get started in helping your child reach his or her ideal weight.
Being a parent is a full time job and no matter how many children you have, things don’t become easier as time goes by. Each child has his own personality and even if you have five children, there won’t be two alike.
Because of this, it’s important to make sure you understand what your child goes through and how he or she expresses the emotion, no matter how small the child is. Ever since they are little, they learn that the parents are the ones who offer them everything and because they can use emotional blackmail even better than an adult, they get it very quickly that they can obtain anything
that they want through crying or yelling.
Unfortunately, these are the results of being spoiled by their parents and closest members of the family, so it’s important to avoid some mistakes in treating with your child. Here’s what you need to pay attention to when dealing with your child.
As you certainly know, the child will reproduce what he or she sees inside the family environment, so it’s very important not to yell or scream at your child no matter how upset you are. If the child is very small, you need to talk calmly without raising the voice, otherwise the child will become even more irritated. If he or she can understand you, you need to use the same calm voice – not only will this get the child to calm down in the end, but it will also help him or her learn that this is how it’s done.
No Physical Punishment
Some parents consider that it’s OK to punish a child by beating him or her or by applying a physical punishment. The truth is that – just as the other presented thing – this is simply not done. Not only will the child understand that it’s OK to beat someone smaller than you but he or she will adopt the same behavior later in life.
No Skipping Meals
When the child is a baby, it’s easy to keep a stricter schedule for eating and sleeping, but when the child becomes a toddler or older, you can risk losing the control that you have. A meal schedule should be respected no matter how small the child is – not only will this help him or her grow, but it will also help with being healthy and having a nice physical development.
Too much food can lead to obesity, while too little food can lead to severe health problems. That’s one of the reasons why – when you’re not sure what you need to feed your child – you need to talk to the pediatrician that has the child in medical care or the one who has supervised the evolution.
Apart from no skipping the meals, you also need to avoid to feed him or her unhealthy food or fast food – it’s a bad habit even for an adult, so you won’t make any mistakes with feeding your child with healthy food like home cooked meals based on fresh ingredients and vegetables.
Dealing with Tantrums
A tantrum is like an explosion of emotion for your child – he can’t control the emotion and it’s the only way he or she knows to get your attention. The best thing to do when this happens is to not be engaged in it. This means that you will have to ignore this burst no matter how difficult it may seem – and for small children this also means that you don’t have to go there and pick him up or cuddle him. Usually, the tantrum happens because the child doesn’t get his way – he is refused something or he is made to do something. Offering him what he wants will only teach him that the next time he has a similar behavior ( a tantrum), he’ll instantly get what he wants.