EXPECTATION OF PAK PARENTS AS A PARENT, YOU HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE HEALTH OF YOUR CHILD. YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL BEING. THOUGH THIS IS A PROGRAM FOR KIDS, YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST ROLE TO PLAY IN IDENTIFYING THE ISSUES AND BARRIERS AND CHANGING HABITS AT HOME. WE WARN YOU, THIS CAN BE CHALLENGING BUT WITH CONSISTENT HARD WORK AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHILD – YOU CAN DO IT! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EXPECTATIONS OF YOU DURING AND AFTER PAK.
GETTING TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT REQUIRES OPEN AND HONEST CONVERSATION
Helping your kids understand the importance of health is a very hard job. They need to understand why you have made some changes in your home to help them focus on better nutrition, increased fitness, and living an overall healthier lifestyle.
As they embark on reaching a healthy weight, there might be some tough conversations in your future... it is likely you have already had some of these conversations. You may have felt awkward or guilty in trying to address "weight." It is a very tough subject! But, alas, you need to be able to be open and honest with them around changes that will help make them healthier! After all, it isnt all about weight, its about their health! Its about them doing the things they want to do and having energy! Its about them feeling good in the way their clothes fit and how they look in the mirror!
Its about their health as they continue to grow and the impact that excess weight can have on their internal systems.For all of these reasons and so many more, we need to keep the communication around "weight" open and honest.
Here are some tips on what you can discuss with them.
Identify that weight is a matter of health, not how you look. (Note: You’ll see this point emphasized and repeated throughout the tips. That’s because it may be the most important point you can make!)
Let your child know the challenges to being healthy, but also be sure to emphasize the benefits of better health.
Offer to work together – working toward the promise of being healthier together creates a supportive environment for your child.
Ask your child open-ended questions so he/she can express their feelings.
Thank your child for sharing his/her feelings with you to build confidence and security.WHAT TO DO?
Be positive and supportive. Whether your child is dealing with a bully or struggling with body image, supporting your child will go a long way to building confidence and self-esteem.
Be realistic. Focusing on small, specific steps makes achieving a healthy goal seem possible. It’s like the difference between telling your child, “Your room is a mess. Clean it up.” versus, “Your room is a mess. Please put your shoes in the closet and make your bed.” The more specific instructions are more likely to get done.
Keep the conversation open. Asking children how they feel may help them to feel that they can speak openly. Normalize the issue. Communicating about obesity as a health concern keeps it in the context of other health issues that children may face, like asthma or ADHD. And remember, everyone is different. For example, children in the same family may have different sizes, just like they may have different eye color, hair colors, heights and temperaments.