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Top Healthy Habits Which Parents Can Teach Their Children

Just make a proper time table or a list of habits that you want to see in your child and start inculcating them in your child slowly.

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here are many parameters on which you have to make decisions that shape the lifestyle of your ward. Be it education, health, friend circle etc. Pixabay

Parenting is not an easy task! It comes with a lot of responsibilities and decision power. As a parent, you are the owner of your child’s life, especially in the early years.  Thus, you need to be extra careful in every step that you take. A little carelessness on your part may cost a lot to your child. There are many parameters on which you have to make decisions that shape the lifestyle of your ward. Be it education, health, friend circle etc. In the early years of life, children are not completely aware of what they should do and what not. Thus, they need a helping hand who can guide them in every situation.

Talking about health; every parent wants his or her children to be healthy and fit. They make sure that he or she gets proper proteins and nutrients from the beginning itself. But, how long will someone’s parents continue to feed his or her children? Obviously, a point will come when the kids have to take care of themselves all alone, right? Hence, apart from providing a balanced diet which is full of fruits and fresh juice, it is really important that your children inculcate some really good healthy habits which will continue to be with them throughout their life. It is the duty of the parents to develop the habits in their kids from the very beginning itself. This is because; you cannot develop habits all of a sudden; say in a short span of two-three days. It takes months and years to get used to a proper lifestyle and then it becomes really difficult to adapt to new changes.

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As per the doctor, it is mandatory to sleep for at least 6 hours for the body and mind to relax completely. Pixabay

Therefore, if the parents build up an environment which motivates the children to remain health conscious, there are very minimal chances of any difficulty to arise at some later stage.

Now the question that arises is what kind of healthy habits can the parents teach their children? Well, there is no specific answer to this, as it depends from person to person and from family to family. The place where you live, the lifestyle of your family, the society that you belong to are few of the many factors that influence this decision.

Below mentioned are top 5 healthy habits which parents can and should teach their children no matter what.

 

  • Regular Exercise

 

According to a survey conducted, every doctor’s first advice to stay fit is regular exercise.  If you, as a parent, can inculcate the habit of regular exercising in your children, there is no need for them to find a doctor.

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A baby with parents, Pixabay

You can follow the old concept of lead by an example. If you yourself are used to exercising regularly, it will obviously have a positive impact on your kids. They do what they see. Having a habit of exercising daily is really helpful not only for the current time period but also for the long run.  

It is not important that the children exercise indoor, confined in the four walls of their room or house. Rather, one should prefer taking them to the park or any other open area so that they interact with other children of their own age. Apart from the health benefits, kids also learn values such as team spirit and co-ordination.

 

  • Proper eating habits

 

Proper eating habits are a must for all the children to learn during their childhood. For this, the first requirement is that the parents themselves have good eating habits. If the kids see their own parents eating in an unhygienic and filthy manner, they will tend to learn the same. Thus, make sure you set up a right example in front of the young generation.

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parents should not pressurize their children to score high marks and should not compare them with their friends or relatives kids.VOA

Good eating habits include the following:

  • Eating green vegetables
  • Washing hands before and after eating
  • No skipping of meals
  • Avoid over eating
  • Avoid junk food
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Drink sufficient water
  • Eating the food with suitable cutlery

These are few good eating habits that a child must follow from the start itself, to stay healthy and wise. You can follow different approaches to develop this habit in your ward. If need arises, you can take the help of the family doctor or any of your relative or friends.

 

  • Knowing when to relax a bit

 

It is generally assumed that childhood is one of the best phases of life. It may be true to some extent, but not completely true. Being a child can be very stressful at times. Although you do not have to deal with water and electricity bills, rent payments etc. but there are many little things that worry children. For example, homework and exams are a major fear in the life of every child. As per the statistics, more than 60 percent of the population aged below 13 years who are victims of depression and anxiety, visit the doctor on a regular basis; the major reason for the same- exams.

 

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Proper eating habits are a must for all the children to learn during their childhood. pixabay

 

If you want your child to not belong to this category, he or she should know how to maintain a balance between every small thing in life. Excelling in academics is good and should be motivated in the children, but only up to an extent that they can handle. Not everyone is Albert Einstein. Thus, parents should not pressurize their children to score high marks and should not compare them with their friends or relatives kids.

These tiny tots should know when to relax and when to worry. It is very crucial to understand this difference to avoid any obstacles later on.

 

  • Positive attitude

 

We as adults are always told to have a positive attitude towards life, isn’t it? Then why not apply this to the children as well?

Some people may say that children do not have to face tensed situations like adults do. But, one cannot compare the life of an adult and a child. These are two completely different aspects. Children too have their own problems in life, maybe not that major for the adults, but not so minor for the children.

Teaching your children to have a positive attitude towards life is really necessary. It will help them overcome the problems in life in an easy manner and also will keep them stress free and more happy. Positive attitude brings positive life. Therefore, if you want your offspring to lead a successful life it is very important that they are able to tackle all the negativity in their life in a smart and wise manner. If this is not the case, it is really going to be a tough long journey for them.

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There was a similar, although not quite as dramatic, increase in the risk of best friendship dissolution for children with psychologically controlling parents. pixabay

Hence, make sure that you develop this healthy habit in your child in the best possible manner.

 

  • Have a proper sleep

 

Well, this is one of the toughest things a parent needs to teach his or her child. The present generation is sleep deprived. They do not understand the value of sleep and thus, are the victims of many diseases at early stages of life. As per the doctor, it is mandatory to sleep for at least 6 hours for the body and mind to relax completely. As a parent, it is very important that you build this habit in your child either by applying some strict rules or by just pampering him or her. Because, if this does not happen, it will slowly and eventually affect the health of your child in a very bad way.

Your child will not be active and alert throughout the day if he or she has not slept properly the previous night. The learning capacity is also affected. You can even feel some regular mood swings in your child, if he or she hasn’t slept peacefully the night before.

Rather than visiting the doctor time and again for medical checkups, it is better to tackle the root cause of the problem.

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According to a survey conducted, every doctor’s first advice to stay fit is regular exercise. Pixabay

Thus, make sure that your kids get enough sleep no matter how tight the schedule is.

Above mentioned are few of the healthy habits that you as a parent can teach your child when he or she is young. If you think, that you have missed the opportunity of doing so; just realize that it is never too late!

Just make a proper time table or a list of habits that you want to see in your child and start inculcating them in your child slowly. You need to be patient, because it will not come easy. Developing a habit takes time and you ought to give that time to your kids. Just remember that the results will start to show up, buy only if you are consistent in your efforts.

All the Best!

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Exposure to Anaesthetics For Kids May Lead To Alcohol Disorder In Adolescents: Research

Early exposure to anesthetics in life may make adolescents more susceptible to developing an alcohol use disorder

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exposure to anesthetics during adolescence could affect a person's response to alcohol in adulthood. Pixabay

Early exposure to anaesthetics in life may make adolescents more susceptible to developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), warn researchers. Anaesthetics are commonly used drugs in the healthcare field and are often administered to children to induce unconsciousness and immobility during surgeries.

For the findings, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the research team examined whether exposure to anesthetics during adolescence could affect a person’s response to alcohol in adulthood, especially the development of AUD.

Researchers discovered that anaesthetic exposure during adolescence may be an environmental risk factor that leads to an increased susceptibility to developing AUD later in life. Although not all adolescents who drink alcohol develop AUDs, the research team said it’s important to identify risk factors that contribute to an increased susceptibility to alcohol abuse

“This is highly concerning. Given that although the age of initiation and subsequent binging during adolescence are linked to alcoholism later in life, apart from stress, it was not clear what other environmental factors may play a role,” said study author David Werner from Binghamton University, New York in the US. During the study, researchers exposed early-adolescent male rats to isoflurane, a general anaesthetic, in short durations and tested them on various alcohol-induced behaviours later in adolescence or adulthood.

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Anaesthetic exposure during adolescence may be an environmental risk factor that leads to an increased susceptibility to developing AUD later in life. Pixabay

The team found that exposure to anaesthetics in adolescence had extremely similar behavioural and neural effects as adolescent chronic alcohol exposure. In the study, the adolescent rats exposed to isoflurane had a decreased sensitivity to the negative effects of alcohol, such as its aversive, sedative and socially suppressive effects. These rats also showed an increase in voluntary alcohol consumption and cognitive impairment, and certain behaviours continued into adulthood after their initial anaesthetic exposure.

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These results further suggest that exposure to anaesthetics during adolescence, while in some cases is necessary, may have unintended consequences that incubate over time. “Apart from infancy to early childhood, adolescence can be considered the most critical developmental stage following birth,” Werner said. (IANS)

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WHO Accuses Tobacco Industry of Luring Children Into Usage of Tobacco By Marketing Practices

WHO is launching a campaign to alert young people to the dangers they face from the industry’s manipulative practices

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Children wear strings of cigarette and chewable tobacco and rehearse for a play on World No Tobacco Day in Gauhati, India. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

The World Health Organization accuses the tobacco industry of devious tactics to get children and young people hooked on their deadly tobacco and nicotine products.  In advance of World No Tobacco Day (May 31), the WHO is launching a campaign to alert young people to the dangers they face from the industry’s manipulative practices.

More than 40 million young people aged 13 to 15 smoke and use other tobacco products. The World Health Organization says the tobacco industry tries to get children and young people hooked on tobacco early in life, knowing this will turn them into life-long smokers. Unfortunately, WHO says many smokers do not live very long.  Every year, it notes millions of people have their lives cut short because of cancers, heart disease and other smoking-related illnesses.

Coordinator of WHO’s No Tobacco Unit, Vinayak Prasad, says the tobacco industry invests more than $9 billion a year to advertise its products.  He says much of this huge budget targets young people with attractive promotional campaigns. “At the moment, they are spending a million dollars an hour, which is by the time we finish our press conference, that is a million dollars spent,” said Prasad.  “And, why are they doing it?  They are doing it to find replacements users.  Eight million premature deaths every year.  So, they need to find new replacements.”

WHO says the industry sets its sights on the next generation of users by targeting children and young people in markets where tobacco products are not regulated and they can be manipulated easily. WHO is launching a new kit for school students aged 13 to 17 to protect them from the tobacco industry’s exploitative practices.  WHO Director of Health Promotion, Ruediger Krech says the kit alerts young people to the industry’s devious tactics and teaches them to say no.

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WHO tool kit exposes tactics such as parties and concerts hosted by the tobacco and related industries. Pixabay

“The tool kit exposes tactics such as parties and concerts hosted by the tobacco and related industries, e-cigarette flavors that attract youth in like bubble-gum and candy, e-cigarette representatives presenting in schools, and product placement in popular youth streaming shows,” said Krech.

WHO is calling on all sectors of society to prevent the tobacco industry from preying on youth.  To reach a young audience, the agency is spreading its no tobacco message on  TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube and other social media. Health officials urge schools, celebrities and influencers to reject all offers of sponsorship from the industry.  They call on TV and streaming services to stop showing tobacco or e-cigarette use on screen.

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They say governments should ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship and should enact strict tobacco control laws. (VOA)

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Is the Young Generation Really Able to Enjoy Childhood?

The academic competition has burdened the kids of this generation so much, that the meaning of childhood has changed for them

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Childhood should be free of burdens and tensions. Pixabay

-By Muskan Bhatnagar

Childhood is the best phase of one’s life. The phase of life where there is no stress, no worries, no sorrows, but only enjoyment, innocence, and joy. Every time you recall those free happy days, all you’d wish is to rewind your life and relive those moments. Right?

Remember those weird yet fun outdoor games that we used to play all day long? Those little fights with friends? Crying over the smallest scratches we would get while playing? And how a bar of chocolate could give us all the happiness in this world? Those happy days are now long gone.

Nowadays, the idea of childhood has completely changed. Seeing parents forcing their kids into tuition classes at the tender age of 5 or 6 completely surprises me. Parents are so busy in their schedules that they tend to think that their kid might not be able to grasp everything at school. And due to lack of time and attention, they enroll their children into tuition classes at a very young age.

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Parents send their kids to extra study classes after school at a very young age. Pixabay

The parents are not wrong when they say that primary classes are the base of higher studies and hence they provide extra tutoring to their kids. But then, isn’t nursey class just too early for a student to compromise on playing and attend tuitions? After all, that is exactly what a student has to do after completing primary school. What is the need to burden kids with bookish knowledge at an age this young? Neither alphabets nor numbers are so tough. Studying in school is enough for a primary school kid even if the parents are not able to pay requisite attention to their ward’s studies.

Such decisions might hinder the child’s playtime which is very important during early childhood. Why has it turned so necessary to push your child into academic competition since the beginning of childhood? Why do parents want their kids to score the first rank in the first standard? How is it gonna help in the future? After all, academic excellence in primary classes doesn’t ensure good academic performance in later years.

I have come across kids who’ve been studying all day, all night since the start of their schooling, attending all subject tuitions for hours, then attending co-curricular classes as well. Don’t you think that childhood has been destroyed of a kid like this?

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Parents are not able to give attention to their kids’ studies and hence seek help through tuition classes. Pixabay

Parents need to understand that providing kids with luxurious lifestyles and all possible facilities isn’t called good parenting because at the end of the day you’ve destroyed the innocence, pure joy, and the childhood fun of the kid. Kids nowadays don’t experience the purity of childghood innocence, the burden-free playtimes, and the carefree mischiefs of childhood.

They’ve been exposed to academic competition and the race to achieve the highest marks, at such an early age that they have to compromise on every other thing. The parents have also become so careful that they don’t completely allow kids to have fun or to play outdoors. The fear of getting physically hurt stops parents from sending their kids to play as carelessly as the previous generation did.

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Seeing kids miss out on the happiest and the most carefree phase of their life saddens me. Studies are no doubt one of the most important aspects of life, but that never meant that it is more important than enjoying life.

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Children should be set free from all the burdens of life so that they can enjoy the best phase of their life carelessly. Pixabay

Adulthood and teenage years are hard phases of life, most of the time. Adolescents often face many difficulties, and adulthood has its own problems. The only carefree and stress-free part of a person’s life is childhood. After all, school life never comes back and there is no friendship as pure as the school friendships. Then why are we killing today’s generation’s childhood?

Let your child explore new things out of the bookish world, let them play more study less, let them play rough, let them become strong on their own, let them find subjects of their interest, let them make countless of unforgettable memories, let them make mistakes, let them live carelessly till they reach an age where it gets necessary to be burdened. At the end of the day, what childhood memories are your kids going to share with their kids?