Staff as Healthy Role Models
It’s important for all school staff, whether or not they are members of the school health team, to practice healthy role modeling to support and encourage healthy habits among students.Read More
Having a healthy role model to look up to supports children in feeling more secure and confident in making responsible decisions. It’s important to teach children how to make healthy and responsible decisions so that they are able to tackle all of life’s curves with resiliency and self-autonomy. Serving as a healthy role model for your children also supports the development of long-lasting nurturing relationships. There are many ways to set a healthy example for children at home and how you do so can look different depending on the household. If you have healthy habits that you’d like to work on, involving the entire family can serve as a fun and interactive way to accomplish your personal health and wellness goals while setting a good example for children.
There are opportunities for healthy role modeling in all areas of the house! Every space and function of your house can serve as a space to practice healthy habits that lead to stronger physical and emotional well-being.
In the bathroom:
In the kitchen:
In the living room:
In the backyard/outside:
One of the biggest ways you can be a healthy role model is by creating a space where children feel safe, supported and comfortable sharing. Children experience many of the same feelings and emotions that adults do but may not fully understand why or how to communicate about them. Knowing how to recognize, process and react to different feelings is all a part of social emotional learning – a process that continues throughout our lifetime. Integrate opportunities for emotional check-ins and supports for emotional regulation and self-management.
Many of the activities done together at home and as a family are great opportunities to check-in on your child’s social and emotional well-being. Use this time to talk about how they are feeling, what’s happening at school or with friends and explore empathy. Helping children to see that no feeling is a bad feeling – some just feel better than others – allows them to feel more comfortable in sharing and recognize healthy ways to manage the ups and downs of life.
Start conversations with your children about where they could make healthy changes in their lives. Have a SMART goal planning session where each family member develops one SMART goal and shares with one another to provide accountability.
Share your passions and hobbies with your children and inspire them to find their own. Even if they don’t share the same passion as you, it is important for children to explore more of what brings them joy while seeking to understand the perspective and experiences of others.
Discover new interests together with your children by trying something new! Support children in feeling okay to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new – reminding them that new habits take time.
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