Learning to be good stewards of our bodies has a life long reward.  When kids learn early on that they can have an influence by their own actions, they are more likely to be interested in behaviors that help rather than harm them.  Here’s what I’m talking about.  When kids learn early on the benefits of a good night’s sleep, not just “Go to bed, because I told you to,” the chances are greater that they will WANT to get a good night’s sleep.

Good nutrition and gathering around are good things.

     “You’ll be more prepared for the swim meet and most likely have a better performance if you get adequate sleep.  “Your body repaired itself when you sleep.”  “7-8 hours sleep allow the brain to rest and you are more likely to be more alert at school.  “Adequate sleep is good for every organ of the body.”    Also, explaining the benefits of eating healthy meals/snack and exercise get kids on board for taking control of their health and future.  A healthy body is more likely to give someone a greater chance of a long life.  Things like taking drugs, smoking and abusing alcohol can shorten one’s lifespan.  Set a good example yourself and talk about these topics at meal times, when in the car and when you are spending time together.  Teaching kids early on that exercise is fun can be as easy as playing chase/tag in the yard.  Playing can lead to good physical fitness and good fitness can lead to athletic activities that can be played for fun or on a high school/college team or intramural activities.  Giving kids as many opportunities for as many doors open as possible for their academic and health/physical success is our job as parents and educators…Time for me to get to dance class…It’s a Great Day 🍎 

Author, Mrs. Burau 🍎