One of the proudest and saddest moments of any parent’s lives is the day their children leave the nest. It’s an inevitable moment, but you secretly hope they’ll stay with you as long as possible. However, when that moment comes, it’s understandable that you’re going to worry about them – no matter whether they move out at 18 or 48! Thankfully, you have a lifetime of experience and knowledge that you can impart onto them in the hopes they can also live a long and happy life. You’ve covered the financial lessons and everything in between, but have you spoken to your children about their health? It’s easy for them to think they are fine – after all, they are young and feel great. However, health problems can creep up out of nowhere, and it’s important for them to understand when something small could be an indication of something bigger. Here’s some advice parents should give their children about their health as they ready themselves to start their own journey.
You’ve fed your children healthy and nutritious meals their whole lives, but now they will have complete control over their diet. It’s understandable they may want to take advantage of takeout for a month, but it’s also important to talk to them about regulating their diet to control their weight and ultimately, avoid weight gain. Obese people are more likely to suffer with heart disease and cancers, and controlling their weight can help them avoid this.
Eyes, ears, nose and teeth
They feel and look fine, so there’s no problem, right?! It’s important to encourage your children to continue with their regular appointments for their eyes, ears, nose and teeth. It’s easy to feel like your teeth are fine because you’ve experienced no pain or symptoms, and your children may feel like hearing loss won’t be an issue for them because of their age. However, keeping up with these appointments can help prevent problems in the future as well as obtaining early diagnosis if there are any problems.
Staying safe in the sun
There’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun when the weather is warm, particularly if you’re abroad in the summer heat. Having a tan is trendy in this day and age, but it’s important to do it safely! Encourage your children to take care of their skin by using sunscreen as well as taking breaks from direct sunlight. Skin cancer can develop very quickly if you’re not careful!
Tobacco and alcohol consumption
Finally, your children are branching out to be their own person, and you can’t control everything they do. There’s a high chance your children may want to try tobacco and drink alcohol with their friends and unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about it if they choose to. However, talking to them about the dangers of too much alcohol as well as tobacco consumption will help them think twice before putting themselves in harm’s way.
There’s only so much you can do for your children, but by with these bits of advice parents should give their children about their health, you can help push them in the right direction as they begin their new journey.