Healthy Habits for Homeschooling During COVID-19
Date: September 15, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many parents are homeschooling their children for the first time. This can be a stressful time for all. Implementing a few healthy habits into your child’s daily regimen can provide structure and fun to help relieve the daily stress.
Many kids already have healthy habits in their school life that can carry over at home, providing some much-needed consistency.
By the same token, a change in environment can also provide the opportunity to introduce new habits into your child’s routine.
ENCOURAGE GOOD HABITS DURING HOMESCHOOLING
As parents, the more we can encourage healthy eating, hygiene and exercise, the more kids will make them a part of their lives inside (and outside) of the home.
Make Healthy Food Swaps
Show kids there are healthier ways to enjoy their favorite foods. Bake chicken tenders rather than frying them. Make cookies with unsweetened applesauce instead of butter or sugar. Assemble fruit kebabs for lunch instead of sugary fruit snacks.
Discuss a Weekly Lunch Calendar
Talk to your kids about their lunch options at the beginning of the week. Have them choose their meals from a list of healthy options. Encourage healthy alternatives, such as choosing fruit instead of a cookie for snacking or dessert.
Let Your Child Have a Say in Meal Planning
When it’s time to get groceries, allow your child to pick out a few healthy snacks and lunch options. If they’re involved in choosing foods when shopping (with some guidance), they’re more likely to choose them when it’s time to eat.