Have you ever noticed your child mimicking the things you do or say? Like when dad goes out to mow the lawn and your little one suddenly wants to take their toy lawn mower out for a spin, too! It’s because, as a parent, you are the primary role model in your children’s lives; they learn from you and, as they grow, they start to act like you. This means that you have a heightened responsibility to model the behavior that you want your kids to follow.
The pros over at Psychology Today have done a great job outlining ten ways you can become a healthy role model your child can emulate. One of the ways they say you can help your kids “build character and self-respect” is by “taking care of yourself.” This means learning how to live a healthy lifestyle that includes getting enough sleep, exercise, eating the right foods, and finding time to keep yourself happy. Here at Kodiak Cakes, our mission is to inspire healthier eating and active living. We know that learning how to eat healthy and be active starts at home, so we decided to ask three parents from our Kodiak family how they exemplify a healthy lifestyle for their growing children. Here’s what they had to say: