Teach your children simple ways to make change
12-19-2012 (Dayton, OH) -
It's time to ring in the new year and as your family gets ready to hit the ground running with school activities, work and busy schedules, you might have questions about how to fit in your New Year's resolutions.
The experts at Dayton Children's offer their top ten New Year's resolutions for kids that can be easily accomplished.
As parents, you should set realistic goals for your kids. Remember, small steps equal big results.
- Eat healthier - try to eat five fruits and vegetables each day and drink no sugary drinks.
- Get active - spend less than two hours each day in front of the TV, computer or playing video games and get at least one hour of physical activity each day.
- Take care of your teeth - brush your teeth twice a day. Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease.
- Be safe - make sure everybody in the car (including parents) is properly buckled in with a car seat, booster seat or seat belt.
- Give back - help someone else in the community through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
- Be kind - a smile and a kind word can go a long way. Tell your mom and dad, brothers and sisters or your friends that they are appreciated and loved. Be friendly to kids who don't have any friends.
- Try new things - find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding a bike) you like and try to do it a few times a week.
- Protect yourself - never give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name or telephone number on the internet. Never send a picture of yourself to someone by cell phone, e-mail or the internet without your parent's permission.
- Lend a helping hand - pick up after yourself, put your toys away when you're done playing with them and don't leave your dirty clothes on the floor. Your parents are very busy and need a little help.
- Express yourself - when you feel angry, frustrated or stressed out, take a break and find better ways to deal with these feelings, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking to your parents or a friend.
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