As they get older, they’ll be able to begin making more and more decisions regarding many things that matter the most to them. However, it’s still up to us as parents to ensure that they’re as healthy as possible. To that end, here are a few tips.
It isn’t uncommon for teens to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit substances. However, experimenting can easily lead to a dependency on these things. If you come to find that your teen is using drugs or alcohol, it’s imperative that you get them clean and sober as soon as possible. Depending on where you are located, treatment options can be found nearby. Whether you are in a rural area in the midwest, a big city on the East Coast or anywhere in the pacific time zone options are available. Addiction has grasped the attention of the whole nation so there are places all over the US that can help such as Montecito teen rehab or SAMHSA’s national helpline.
Take It Outdoors
A lot of teens these days spend much of their time in front of one screen or another. They should ideally be spending some of that time outside getting in a bit of physical activity. A few ideas for them to spend time outside are things like:
• Playing frisbee
• Building obstacle courses and then running them
• Having scavenger hunts
• Playing volleyball
• Playing flag football
There are even apps that will have them outside and moving.
If they’re stuck inside for one reason or another, they might climb up and down the stairs or find some exercise or dance videos online and use them to work out to.
It can be difficult for all of us to get enough sleep, teens included. This is especially true if they have a job, assist with the care of younger siblings, or have a lot of after-school activities. However, getting adequate sleep is critical when it comes to staying healthy. Teens need enough sleep in order to do well in school, drive and work safely, and for fighting off infections. If they aren’t getting adequate sleep, they can be irritable and moody. If your kid is a teen, they need to get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every night.
Eating healthy involves being in control of the type and amount of food your teen is ingesting, and the beverages they’re drinking. Try replacing foods that have unhealthy fats or are high in salt or sugar with foods like low-fat dairy products, low-fat proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
You should also try to put a limit on things like fries, chips, frozen desserts, candy, and cookies because they are high in salt, unhealthy fats, and sugar. If your teen needs a quick snack, have fruits like bananas, apples, or pears on hand, or even foods such as baby carrots, or hummus to eat with sliced veggies. Don’t allow them to add sugar to their drinks or food. You should also stock the fridge with drinks like low-fat milk instead of sweet tea, energy drinks, and soda.
There are all sorts of things that you can do to ensure that your teen is as healthy as possible.
You can start with what you read here today and add others on as needed.