As parents, there are many things we have to teach our children. There is, of course, the obvious stuff such as looking both ways before crossing the street, getting them in the habit of using sunscreen, where not to go surfing on the internet and other basic safety considerations. Folks at Amen Clinics agree that, in addition to warnings against certain things there are also positive things for them to do that need to be cultivated at an early age, so they become habits for a lifetime. This includes teaching them to love to read, being civic minded, the value of hard work, to stand up for themselves and to show common courtesy toward others.
Perhaps the most important thing we can teach our kids is to develop healthy eating habits. This is something that will influence their health throughout their lives, and it will influence it for good or bad depending on what you teach them early on. Often the eating habits we pick up as children stick with us for a lifetime, so this is extremely critical. Children may not be interested in trying new food, so it is important to offer them new and healthy foods. The biggest lesson to learn with children is that they do what you do more than what you say. This is why children of smokers, for instance, having an increased chance of being smokers themselves. Make sure you are eating healthy around them, and they will start to see eating this way as normal.