Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Encouraging Healthy Choices at Home

Encouraging Healthy Choices at Home

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending a lot more time at home. With stress and limited options, it can be difficult to encourage healthy choices with your kids during this trying time.

We hope we do give yourself some slack in regards to doing whatever it takes to keep your family mentally healthy. This is a hard time for everyone, and we’re all doing the best we can.

If you are looking for low-effort ways keep your family physically healthy at home, though, here are some easy things you can try:

  • Find Kid-Themed Workout Videos. A lot of YouTube channels have created workout videos with kid themes you can do at home. We’ve enjoyed Michael Ginicola and Cosmic Kids Yoga, but quick searches will show you lots of free options.
  • Buy Fruits and Vegetables that Last a Long Time. If you’re going to the grocery store less, buy fruits and vegetables that have a long-shelf life. For example, apples and oranges take longer to spoil than berries. Canned options can also help keep these essential foods available to your household.
  • Play Games with a Physical Component to Them. Encouraging your kids to play games like “hide and seek” with stuffed animals will keep them moving throughout the house. Even some video games, like the Nintendo Switch and VR, encourage exercise.
  • Take Time to Relax. If you’re still working and stretched thin, you may feel like you have no time for yourself as a parent. Now more than ever, it’s essential to indulge in self-care. Build time into your schedule for a relaxing activity you enjoy, whether that be watching a favorite show, doing a hobby, or just sitting in your favorite chair. Same applies to the kids.

As your child’s pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to keep your child’s smile healthy.  If you have any questions for our office, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children’s Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children’s Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.