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When raising kids, it's easy to get so focused on one area of improvement that you forget about the whole package. Here are just a few ways to boost your children's physical, mental and emotional health without leaving anything out.

Make Fitness Fun

If your child doesn't want to exercise, the problem is that the exercise isn't fun enough. You never hear a kid saying something like, "Gosh, I'd love to go swimming, but I'm afraid I'm just not fit enough." If the activity excites them, they'll jump right in even if they know that they'll get tired. The key is to find them sports, games, activities and outdoor events where fitness isn't the ultimate goal, just a fortunate side effect.

Create a Healthy Relationship with Healthy Food

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), more than 30 million people suffer from eating disorders. Professionals, like those at Center For Change, know that  these often develop from unhealthy relationships with food that started in childhood. While it's important to teach your kids the value of good nutrition, it's equally important that you don't encourage shame, greed or anxiety when it comes to food. Don't punish them for sneaking chocolate every now and then. Moderation is everything.

Sharpen Their Cognitive Skills

There are a number of ways to boost your child's brainpower. The big one is literacy; learning how to read at an early age has been linked to everything from critical thinking skills to improved powers of concentration. You can also give them puzzles, brainteasers and math games to combine cognitive development with good old-fashioned fun. Again, it's important to remember that they're kids. If it's not entertaining, they won't care about it.

Socialize Your Child More

Properly socializing your child is one of the most important jobs that you face as a parent. They need to be taught how to listen, share and cooperate. They need to know how to manage their own emotions when they're frustrated or angry. Most importantly, they need practice when talking to people. The "shy wallflower" routine might be cute when they're six, but if they never outgrow it, they're going to find it difficult to make friends, land jobs and move up in the world as an adult.

These are just a few ways to help your children develop both their minds and their bodies. The well-rounded child has strength, confidence and curiosity in all aspects of life, so use these tips to put your little ones ahead of the curve.




By Rachelle Wilber
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Biography: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun you can find her shopping at the beach or at the gym.

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