As I watch my boys grow and develop, I cannot help but think of these song lyrics in my head: “be careful little eyes what you see.” I think all of you out there work hard to raise our kids to be polite, kind and to show good manners to others but are you doing what you can to make sure they grow up to be healthy and successful, as well as happy?
I am becoming my dad. My work ethic and hours put in are long. Not legendary like him but it is clear to see that I became who I am from watching him. The same goes for other habits such as:
Stress management techniques
Social or family interactions
For example, it is very common for kids of parents who are overweight, obese or who engage in poor health habits like smoking to grow up emulating and eventually become overweight or addicted to cigarettes. It is very hard to tell a child do as I say, not as I do and make it stick. Sometimes, it is the little things that we don’t think about that can set a child up for either a healthy adulthood or a lifetime of health and wellness struggles.
Being in the health industry for almost 18 years I know first-hand how difficult it is to change habits that are engrained. My challenge to all the dads (and moms) reading this message is to think beyond what you think motivates you (weight loss, etc) and begin thinking about how your actions and habits are impacting the development of your most precious charge in this life; developing happy, healthy and well-balanced kids.
At Integrated Wellness Concepts, our mission is to help you integrate concepts of health and wellness into your life, for life. It is our wish that you also model these concepts so they will also be integrated into your family’s life as well.
Happy (belated) Father’s Day and stay well friends,