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ABC’S OF PARENTING SERIES

The eighth part of our ABC’s of Parenting Series is The letter H.

The letter “H” has a full range of words that relate to Parenting! Below is a small list that we think are important while dealing with our kids. We have included our thoughts, tips and tricks related to the letter H.

Habit

Developing good habits in your children is a key piece of parenting. Good habits include eating a variety of foods, try to get them to eat many different colors of food. Make sure they are in the habit of eating a healthy breakfast and have plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Activities that are enjoyable to them will create good habits of getting exercise and using their brains on a regular basis and in a fun way. Reading every day and getting off the couch a moving. Make sure they are in the habit of drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated as well.

Handmade

I am not the crafty type at all but I do enjoy a good handmade project. Teaching children to make their own items can be a lot of fun too. It does not have to be fancy and you don’t necessarily need to make their clothes, but making handmade crafts can sometimes be easy and therapeutic. It can be simple, like cutting snowflakes out of paper or making beaded necklaces, or it can be more complicated like building a birdhouse out of wood or building your own robot out of Legos. Get out of your comfort level and make something handmade with your kids. The memories will last a lifetime!

Handy

Being able to fix something when it breaks or knowing how to repair things around the house will be a necessary skill for your child as they grow older. Helping them learn to be handy will show them independence and that they can rely on themselves for many things. Being handy with a screwdriver or a hammer doesn’t need to be difficult. When they need a new battery in their toy, teach them to use the screwdriver to get the back open. Show them how to change a tire let them change a light bulb, and teach them how to change a bike tire. Give them these life lessons so you can set them for success.

Healthy

Deciding to be healthy is a choice. You choose to eat a healthy breakfast everyday, to drink plenty of water, to exercise and to read books. It is your choice to get off the couch, to go outside for walks, to spend time with your friends and to eat dinner as a family at the table. You also choose to be a positive person with a positive mindset. When you choose these healthy habits, you will show your kids what it means to be healthy. Instead of “do as I say not as I do”, give them the skills to be healthy, first hand. Set them up for a healthy lifestyle by guiding them in that direction.

Hero

Who was your hero as a child? Was it a heroic character in a book or a movie or was it someone in your life who was strong and brave? Literary heroes are so valuable. They teach kids important life lessons that they may not learn elsewhere. We as parents can also be heroes for our kids by being strong and resistant in their upbringing. Children need healthy role models, they need something to look up to and strive to become.

Historical

Family history tells a story for your children about who they are and where they come from. They can learn so much from history. Knowing some historical facts about their family roots can give them a better understanding of who they are. It can motivate them to improve upon what the generations before them already accomplished. Aside from that, having historical knowledge of family health can be instrumental in understanding their own well-being.

Honest

Being truthful with your words and with your actions creates a trustworthy relationship with your kids. Showing them that you live with integrity and that they can count on you to be honest is the best way to build trust with your child. Giving them honest answers to their questions and also giving honest feedback will make them more apt to come to you for the answers to their tough questions.

Hugs

Did you know that hugs help your child grow? The physical contact of hugging even releases oxytocin, the well known love hormone, which activates growth! It takes between 15 and 20 seconds for our bodies to release the love hormone, and for our bodies to feel the benefit.

Hugging your child is a great way to teach them love and compassion. Showing your child you care about them and comforting them when they are sad can be as simple as a 20 second hug!

Humor

Find things to laugh about. Being a parent is hard work and there are bound to be a ton of situations that will frustrate you and make you feel like you are failing. The more you can find humor in situations, the better you will do in keeping own sanity. Laugh with your kids, be silly and goofy. When you have a minor mishap, find a way to see the bright side. Laugh with you kids when you can. Show them it is okay to make mistakes and sometimes it is even okay to laugh about them.

Hungry

Growing children always seem to be hungry. Some weeks it feels like the grocery store has taken all of my extra money. Something to remember is to have healthy snack choices in the house. Making sure there are plenty of fruits and vegetables will encourage your children to eat plenty of them. Keeping chips and cookies to a minimum and more for special occasions would be a good idea. If your kids are like mine, they will grab the easiest thing they can find to eat.

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