If you can maintain a healthy lifestyle while at home and at camp, your children will have something that is far more valuable than any fancy toy – they’ll have the opportunity to develop good habits early on in their lives.
The earlier you can introduce them to healthy habits, the easier it will be for them to stick with those habits as they grow older and maintain them throughout the rest of their lives. And making these changes can have a positive ripple effect throughout your family and your community.
Make sure your child has sunscreen, hats, and comfy clothes.
As a parent, you might find yourself not wanting your child to be stuck inside all day. You might also find that you want to provide your child with the freedom to be their own person and make their own decisions. However, it’s important to educate them on how they should dress and what they should do in order to stay safe in the sun.
Encouraging your child to wear sunscreen, hats, and comfy clothes can help them maintain healthy habits both at home and at camp.
Ask your child about their day.
Talking to your child about their day can help them maintain healthy habits both at home and at camp. A good conversation can open up lines of communication between you and your child, and help them develop good habits for life.
Listen carefully to what your child has to say. Sometimes children have trouble articulating their thoughts and feelings, so it’s important that you listen carefully and show that you understand what they mean. If a situation has made them upset, acknowledge their feelings. If they’ve had a great day, share in their joy.
You can even keep track of your child’s day through LuHi’s very own app, Play. Discover. Create.! With our app, you can create a calendar around your child’s exciting camp schedule, save and share photos from their stay, and stay up to date on your child’s programs. In staying in the loop, you can spark conversations with your child each day about their bustling camp adventures!
Take family walks or hikes together.
One of the best ways to ensure your child maintains healthy habits at camp and at home is to make sure they get plenty of exercise. If you take family walks or hikes together, then your child will be used to getting regular exercise every day. Even if you don’t live in a particularly warm area, you can still go for walks on most days during the spring months. If you want your child to maintain healthy habits at camp and at home, then it’s important that they continue to get regular exercise even when it’s cooler out.
Strive for consistency.
One of the easiest ways to maintain healthy habits when kids return from camp is to keep their environment as consistent as possible. Consistency sets clear expectations for kids and for parents, letting everyone know what’s expected of them, and that can make it easier to stick to healthy habits.
Setting up a daily routine that includes exercise, even if it is only for 30 minutes each day, will help keep children active and healthy while they are away from the camp environment.
It’s important to understand that every child is different. What helps your child to maintain exercise and healthy habits may not be the same as others. We hope that some of these tips will help you and your family to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter where your child is: at home or at camp!
To learn more about ways to keep your child healthy, or the camp experience at LuHi, visit our website today!