To ensure your youngsters are prioritizing their health this summer, here's a list of habits you can pass along to keep them from neglecting their wellness just because school's not in session.
To ensure your youngsters are prioritizing their health this summer, here's a list of habits you can pass along to keep them from neglecting their wellness just because school's not in session.

3 healthy habits to teach your kids this summer

Summer's official beginning is just a few weeks away, but the sunshine and warm temperatures haven't been shy. You may be thrilled about the nice weather, but your kids have something to be even more excited about: a break from the school year.

To ensure your youngsters are prioritizing their health this summer, here's a list of habits you can pass along to keep them from neglecting their wellness just because school's not in session:

1. Don't sleep the day away
Without the daily alarm clock waking your kids up to get ready for school, they may be inclined to sleep in later than usual. But don't let them burn daylight! According to the National Sleep Foundation, children between the ages of 6 and 13 need roughly 9-11 hours of sleep every night. If they're going to bed around the same time during the summer as they were during the school year, encourage them to continue waking up early to maintain their circadian rhythm.

It's wise to keep your kids on the same sleep schedule during the summer.It's wise to keep your kids on the same sleep schedule during the summer.

2. Curb the sweet cravings with healthy options
Warm temperatures may bring the ice cream and popsicle cravings out in your kids, but that doesn't mean you have to give in with the dairy and refined sugar products. You can make your children a delicious sweet treat from Julie Wandling's recipe book "Hallelujah Kids" that won't go against your plant-based lifestyle!

3. Play outside as the weather allows
Many kids are distracted by the digital devices available to them these days, but don't let that keep them from playing outside this summer! Encouraging your kids to get up and play outdoors keeps them active and can teach them healthy habits for the future. Perhaps you can plan to go on a hike or take a stroll through the park together once a week. Make it a family routine!

With these tips, you can help your children have a fun and safe summer vacation. As always, we recommend teaching your children God's plan early on to begin the self-healing before any major problems occur. With His assistance, you can help your entire family lead healthy, fulfilling lives, all year long.

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4 comments

  1. Jennifer Corson

    This is great information. It’s so important to keep our children healthy all year.

  2. I agree with limiting your child’s time on the computer and other electronic devices. This gives children an opportunity to entertain themselves and interact with each other. I’m glad the article encourages children to get outside. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise are all good them.

  3. With the summer months coming and having 3 kids home all summer. This is great advice to follow. I love having healthy snacks prepared for them durning the day. I do like keeping a schedule as well. I feel like they feel better when they get up and get there day started. Thank you for the encouragement!

  4. While most kids want to sleep in as late as possible during their summer vacation, it’s a good idea to keep them on a more regular schedule. Occasionally allowing a “lazy” day is ok, but shouldn’t become a regular habit just because they don’t have to get up and go to school. Otherwise, you have kids that sleep half the day, and then want to stay up late at night.

    Making sure the kids have healthy snacks to last them through the day during the summer might take a little more planning, but it is definitely worth it!

    Thank goodness my grandchildren enjoy playing outside, weather permitting, as much as we did when we were young. In today’s times, more and more children are hooked on electronics as much as most of the adults in today’s world. Not everybody sets a good example. Children learn by watching the people around them.

    Spend time together as a family! Enjoy the little time we have with each other.

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