When we brought Caleb home, he was a whole 4 lbs 11 ounces. His birth weight was 5 lbs 3 ounces but babies are typically a few ounces smaller when they leave the hospital. Because Caleb was a small baby, I wondered if he would be a normal size child. I initially struggle to breastfeed him but eventually both he and I got use to it and it became a lifestyle for me. I made the adjustments so that he got what he needed.
We were so happy to hear at his follow-up appointments that he was growing and doing quite well. Caleb went from being in the 20 percentiles to 30, 50, 70 and 80 percentiles. He has accomplished his height and weight goals but now the doctors are saying he’s getting too big. I can’t help to think, “What in the world is going on?” You wanted us to pack on the pounds but now we have to put a halt on everything because he’s becoming overweight.
Now if you look at my son, you will never think the kid is borderline obese. Medically; however, his numbers read that he is. Nate and I want to raise Caleb to be healthy and fit especially since Nate has diabetes. It is something he never wants Caleb to experience.
In my personal research, I’ve read that the rate at which cases of obesity in children are recorded is alarming, and a cause of worry. Recently, obesity in kids has been linked with chronic and life-threatening ailments such as diabetes and hypertension. It is even more surprising as these are health disorders known to be prevalent in adults and not children.
It is crucial to secure the health of our kids as a parent by creating a healthy family lifestyle with healthy eating patterns and participation in physical activities. The importance of exercise is to instill in kids the significance of moving their bodies.
While I was a kid, I enjoy playing with my Barbie dolls and Nintendo. My parents put a TV in my room so I could enjoy playing what I wanted and seeing what I wanted. However, my grandmother would often encourages me to play outside until she had to call me and my friends down from my mother’s Magnolia tree.
The use of muscle activity also plays a significant role here. I always weighed more than I looked. Even as a teenager when I was weight lifting and skinny, when I stepped on a scale, everyone was shocked. That’s why I feel it is so important to help my son stay active. With the combination of this and the fact that diabetes runs in his family, I want to make sure he loves the outdoors.
Here are the suggested helpful tips that can keep your child actively engaged:
- Apply innovative strategies to search for the most appropriate indoor and outdoor exercises that bring more fun for your kids.
- Engage in a fun-filled activity that involves every member of the family.
- Allow your child to play immediately they are back from school; you can help them with their homework after the play session.
- Engaging in regular exercise will ensure your kids are in healthy condition.
- Regular exercise helps your children prevent stress and depression as well as build their self-esteem.
- Participating in well-structured sports activities such as monkey bars or swings, gymnastics, dancing, martial arts, skipping ropes, climbing trees, etc. will improve the strength of your children.
Always remember that exercise is filled with fun where the input of every family member is required. It is important to note that active parents can raise active kids. It is crucial for parents to be a worthy role model for their children as it will enable them to live an active lifestyle.
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And as always, enjoy life’s sweet spots…