Research shows that less than half of us will stick to our New Years Resolutions by June and only 10% of us will follow through by December. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle is not easy. In fact, it’s REALLY challenging, especially for those of us who have created less-than-healthy habits over the years. Habits are actions that we take without even thinking about it. Actions like grabbing a cookie from the cookie jar as we pass through the kitchen, or taking a handful of cereal from the box when we open the pantry, or munching on snacks when we watch TV after dinner.
Many people contemplate change for years without actually creating an action plan to follow through with it. But when something big happens and our motivation suddenly goes up–let’s say when we have kids–creating positive change in our lives becomes easier because we have a strong motivator. We want to live long enough to be able to see our kids get married and have kids of their own. And we want our kids to grow up being active and eating healthfully. We want them to learn the value of good food and nutrition and we want them to have a positive body image and high self-esteem.
Our children model after us, therefore any positive (or negative) lifestyle change that we make directly affects them and their lives. Because I exercise in our basement on most days, my son now pretends he’s “exercising” on his mini trampoline and calls it our “exercise time”. When I serve my son his breakfast and forget to sit down with him and eat mine (because I’m trying to get things done), he asks me “but Mom, why aren’t you eating breakfast?” When I step on the scale (which is a rare occurrence), my son quickly jumps on after me. “What does it say Mommy?” he says. “It says that you’re perfect just the way you are” I reply.
When you set your New Years resolution this year, think about the little ones that are watching you; soaking up every little word that you say and action that you take. The little people that adore you so very much and want to be exactly like you.
Here are ten healthy resolutions that will benefit your children as much (if not more) as you:
Happy New Year!!