Today’s verse: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Children learn what they live, and live what they learn. If they are brought up in a household of unhealthy eating habits, smoking, etc. they are likely to follow the same pattern. It is hard to try and teach a child not to indulge in these habits when they see the parents doing it.
When I go out and I see obese children, most of the time the parents are also overweight. In some instances, it may be genetic, but mostly it is the fast food craze and unhealthy eating habits. Being obese as a child is not only unhealthy, it sets the child up to be bullied and made fun of. This leads to depression and can actually lead to suicide, as we so often see in the news. Teenagers are also beginning to smoke at an alarming rate, and it is easy to steal cigarettes from mom’s purse if they are readily available. Peer pressure is so hard to resist – let’s not make it easy on our kids to give in.
Sometimes children will rebel against a parent’s addictions. They can go too far the other direction. If a child is afraid of becoming obese, they may tend toward anorexia. The same is true if a parent is too strict and forbids a child to do something -smoking for example. They may do it as a form of rebellion. We must teach the children right from wrong and give them explanations that they can understand. The best way to teach them is to set the example.
Children are a gift from God -we need to raise them to honor themselves and their bodies. We need to show them that smoking, drugs, unhealthy food and other unhealthy habits are bad for them and will do permanent damage. We need to be good examples to our children – this is the next generation and the future of our world. Be good to yourselves and be good to your children. They will thank you for it.
Healthy Living Menu Idea:
Now that grilling season is here, try this quick chicken recipe!
Quick Chicken Kabobs (serves 4)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
3 cups cubed pineapple
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1 in pieces
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Toss cubed chicken thighs, oil and soy sauce; thread onsoaked wooden skewers. Alternate with cubed pineapple and green onion pieces. Grill on medium-high, basting with cider vinegar, 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning over once.
Serve with 1/3 c. brown rice, cooked and mixed with 1/4 diced red pepper.