The New Year can be an excellent time to make resolutions for the future, but it can also be a great time to get back to the basics. Let’s resolve to reinforce healthy habits for our children and ourselves.
Here are my top three:
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent illness. Always wash your hands after bathroom breaks, before preparing food and eating, when soiled, and after playing with pets. And remember the one most people forget—before you touch your face. The mucous membranes (nose, mouth, eyes) are among our bodies’ most common entry points for illness and disease-causing germs.
- Remember to cough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. I remind our students to cough/sneeze into their elbow while tilting head/arm down toward the ground. And don’t forget to wash your hands afterward!
- Get plenty of exercise AND REST. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children between 6-12 years of age get 9-12 hours of sleep each day. When your child doesn’t get enough rest, we know! Inadequate sleep affects behavior, attention span, ability to learn, and emotional stability. This is not a recipe for success!
I wish you a happy and healthy 2019. To read more about healthy resolutions for kids, click here.