Dutch Secrets to Happier Kids
Turns out the Dutch have the happiest kids in the world! What’s the secret? I’m always interested to learn how to be a better parent and I thought I’d take a look. Here are the general points (read the article for more info):
1. Babies get plenty of sleep – and parents too – the article cites Dutch parents get 8-12 hours a night!
2. More time with both parents – the work week is only 29 hours on average
3. Less pressure to excel in school – the focus is on promoting motivation as opposed to the highest grade
4. Kids are encouraged to voice their own opinions – even the littlest are included in decision making within reason
5. The entire family eats breakfast together – yes, the article says something about chocolate sprinkles in the title of this point, but the actual point is about eating breakfast together daily. And in reality, a small dusting of chocolate sprinkles has way less sugar than what most kids in the US eat anyway…
6. Kids bike everywhere, everyday, no matter the conditions – it’s important for kids to be active and to learn resilience. This is one thing I LOVE about Fort Collins – even when it’s 20 degrees and there are 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground, all the kids in my neighborhood are biking to school.
from Nutrition.Health.Life https://ift.tt/2NNKeu8