Raising children is a big job. It can be overwhelming to think about all the things your child needs to learn to stay safe and healthy.
In addition to teaching children good eating and activity habits, you can also teach them some basic health and safety habits.
Remember that your child learns habits by watching you. If you and the rest of your family follow healthy habits, your child will learn them from you. And if you have bad habits, your child will learn those too.
Help your children learn to:
Kids get dirty. They play with other kids who may be sick. Teaching them the following habits will keep them healthier:
The world can be a dangerous place. But you can teach your children habits that will help keep them safer:
Peer pressure is powerful. Your children likely will get to know others their age who use drugs or alcohol, who smoke, or who take part in dangerous behaviours like driving too fast. Your child will have an easier time dealing with peer pressure if he or she has learned some good habits.
Teach your children to:
Talking about sex can be awkward, but the earlier you start the discussion, the better prepared your child will be to make safer decisions about it. The best time to begin the discussion about sex is when your child is in elementary school.
Teens need to learn healthy habits if they are sexually active. For example:
Canadian Paediatric Society (2012). Healthy active living: Physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents. Paediatrics and Child Health, v17(4): 209-210. Also available online: http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/physical-activity-guidelines.
Canadian Paediatric Society (2017). Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world. Available online: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/screen-time-and-young-children. Accessed November 13, 2017.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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