Father’s Day has officially come and hopefully you had a chance to spend time with your family; maybe playing sports, enjoying a BBQ or relaxing in the sun. Another great event that just finished is Men’s Health Week, helping to support guys in leading healthier lives. Is June a good time to be a guy or what?!
No doubt about it - Dads play an essential role in modeling the actions of their children. Ever heard of the saying, “monkey see, monkey do”? This statement just about sums up the opportunity we have to positively influence the kids in our life. Here are a few ways you can lead by example.
- Load up on veggies and fruit! We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for us; Canada’s Food Guide helps us identify how much we need and shows us other foods that help power us through the day. Aim for half of your plate to be veggies and fruit when planning meals.
- Explain why you’re making healthy food choices and teach your children how a well-balanced diet is important for healthy growth and development.
- Involve your kids in preparing tasty food (Why not try some healthy kabobs for the BBQ this weekend?).
- If sugary drinks take centre stage for you and your kids, consider replacing them with ‘fancy’ water - Add berries, lemon or a splash of juice to soda water.
- Being active on a daily basis (e.g., morning jog, weeknight night hockey, dog walks, etc.) shows that physical activity is a top priority, something you enjoy, and simply part of life.
- Got work to do around the yard? A few little apprentices can certainly lend a helping hand. Digging, planting, pushing and pulling are great ways to build strength, balance and coordination.
- In my experience memories come from doing cool things with my dad, not from the latest TV show. Go hiking, play catch, or ride bikes, whatever you choose to do, do it together.
- Think of positive ways to manage stress. Make lists, have open communication, and be physically active. These positive actions can be picked up by your little ones without you knowing.
Not a dad?? Not a problem! You can be a positive model to younger siblings, cousins, or neighbours. We’re keen to hear what positive behaviour your dad passed on! Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.
References and resources:
HealthLinkBC: Healthy Attitudes toward Food and Exercise