Children learn best by seeing what others around them do. This is how they develop life skills, coping mechanisms, opinions, and appropriate behavior from an early age. You can model positive lifestyle choices for your children in many ways. By doing so, you lay a solid foundation for their future, where positive choices are instinctual. 

Further Your Education 

Approximately 32% of American adults have graduated college with at least a bachelor's degree. If you're among the 68% who haven't, now's a perfect time. No matter how young your children are, you can talk with them about what they want to achieve in the future. By pursuing your education goals, you can model how to achieve education-related or career-based goals.

For example, you may have always had your heart set on obtaining your master's degree in information technology. Online degree courses can help you achieve this goal while balancing raising kids, work, and other responsibilities. 

Forgive Yourself 

One study showed that participants recognized they were too hard on themselves. This made them feel less joy and peace in their overall lives, which had mental health consequences of varying degrees. However, after being taught how to redirect their inner self-talk, participants were much easier on themselves and better able to feel joyful about their successes. 

Learn to forgive yourself for mistakes and setbacks. The easiest way to do this is to redirect negative self-talk to something positive and kind. It takes practice to shift negative self-talk. However, it eventually becomes second nature if you stick to it.  

For example, don't say, "I'm a failure because I overslept and was late to work." Instead, say, "I was late to work today, but that's okay because I'll do better next time and get to sleep earlier tonight."

Eat Local

Eating local has benefits for your family's health and the environment. Instead of shopping at big chain grocery stores, buy your produce from your local market. If you're in Spartanburg, SC, consider visiting the Hub City Farmers Market. Alternative places to shop include small, locally-owned grocery stores and butcher shops. Investigate whether local farms sell meat, either in bulk or parcels. 

Consider Chinese Martial Arts 

Chinese martial arts is an excellent hobby that promotes physical fitness and can potentially teach self-defense. In turn, knowing self-defense and being more in shape can help boost confidence. Even better, martial arts is something you and your children can both enjoy. 

A few benefits of practicing Chinese martial arts include:

  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Increased cognitive function
  • Better cardiovascular and muscular-skeletal health
  • Increased metabolic rate (in some individuals)
  • Improved mood

Chinese martial arts are excellent for the mind, spirit, and body. Parents of teens may find martial arts especially beneficial, as it can assist teenagers through a confusing period in their lives. 

Model Positive Lifestyle for Your Kids

Children learn from what they see the important adults in their lives doing. By modeling positive lifestyle choices for your kids, you're providing them with a solid foundation for their future. If you're looking for martial arts classes in or around Spartanburg, SC, consider New Life Kung Fu classes.