5 FUN Ways to Help Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits (Yes, Really!)

This post is a collaboration with Habitz. All opinions and kid photos are my own!

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

People, it’s time to talk about developing healthy habits in your kids!

I’ve had a bit of a learning experience lately since we got our puppy, Astro. When we got Athena, she was a surprise to me and I had toddlers at the time. Now I have two grade schoolers and I work at home. My recent days have been consumed with socializing, training, and caring for the puppy. It made me realize that it’s up to me, and my family, to ensure that he grows up with the tools he needs to be a great dog. Now if only it were so simple with kids! The thing is, though, my kids have my endless love and support. And I can provide the positivity and tools they need to develop healthy habits NOW.

And then they can take them into the rest of their lives.

Let’s talk about some goals in my family. Yours may look different, and probably will look different! We have four acres and chickens and a new puppy. Right now at least, our chores are beyond helping with dishes. And it’s also seasonal. Homework is a big goal for most of the year, but right now we’re looking more at summer reading and only outdoor play-based learning.

Kid goals:

1 – Drink more water, especially with warmer weather
2 – Exercise regularly. Scarlet does track during the school year and both have active summer camp and yard play
3 – Brushing teeth TWICE a day – we have only had once a day nailed down
4 – Playing/helping with puppy
5 – Taking vitamins
6 – Eating fruits and vegetables with every meal
7 – Practicing piano and voice
8 – No-screen time
9 – Reading time
10 – Reduce salty/sweet snacks (in some families that may include soda although it’s too “spicy” for my kids, ha!)

And that’s where our Habitz app comes in.

Habitz is a fun, interactive, customizable (choose your own habits) easy-to-use (Scarlet can use her own on the iPad) app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Co-founder and CEO Daniel Fishkov says that with Habitz, kids are in the driver seat of making healthy choices – and that means no more arguing or convincing at the dinner table, and beyond. Habitz works to provide solutions to the most challenging parenting problems we all have – getting kids to make healthy choices in nutrition, fitness, sleep, and much more. The app is available on the iOS Apple Store and it inspires healthy choices in simple, fun ways using AI, education and gamification. I help Des use the app on my phone.

Scarlet can check into the app on the iPad linked to my account on my phone.

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

My kids are independently creating habits that we’ve had trouble instilling and enforcing ourselves. It’s tough sometimes. Cassidy and I both work full-time and we both have had different childhood experiences and our parenting styles aren’t quite the same. We do work well as a team, but instilling and enforcing aren’t our strongpoints. I’m happy to have an app that is fun for the kids. It’s also parent-approved because the experience and educational content of Habitz incorporates the body of knowledge and methods of leading Pediatric Dietitians, Sports Coaches, and Behavior Psychologists. This means that the AI powered personal health and wellness coach is accessible to families all over the world. It’s powerful and simple.

Our Habitz app has four core components that contribute to its success:

Goal Setting: Parents and their kids set goals for specific actions like drinking water, eating vegetables, completing a chore, or any other custom action.
Progress Tracking: Progress is scored and achievements unlocked to provide positive reinforcement.
Gamification: Kids earn points with each action, redeemable for real products in the Habitz Store.
Education: Viki, the Habitz chatbot, shares engaging stories with kids that educate on the importance of various healthy habits.

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

So it’s basically like having a personal Health and Wellness Coach for your kids that’s fun and backed by science! Educational too! On a personal level, my kids are happiest when they feel there is some sort of “keeping score” or “reward”. We select from a variety of goals and also can change/customize them. Kids complete their goals. Then they earn rewards which they can use for prizes, like Amazon toys or activities, sleepovers, etc. The reward system is helpful but kids also learn to maintain their healthy habits all on their own. My kids work harder to drink more water, eat more vegetables, and READ.

Here’s how it works:

I also love that the app is specific. We kept the goals about eating cheese (YUM), yogurt, and lean proteins. For Des, I can emphasize fish and beans, and with Scarlet, more greens. They love being rewarded for playing outside and reading books.

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

Here are 5 more FUN Ways to Help Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits (Yes, Really!)

1 – Plant a family garden. Cassidy is an epic gardener and once he got the kids involved, it helped other aspects of our lives. It’s fresh air and physical motion, but when kids grow their own produce, they want to eat it more!

2 – Move together as a family. Dance parties are pretty fun, and now that it’s spring and summer, we do family bike rides across a local footbridge and trail, and even in the school parking lot. We also hike with the dogs together.

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

3 – Play together every day. Exercise can be fun and I find myself enjoying frisbee time, hula hoop time, and even jumping on a trampoline. Why let kids have all the fun? You can model great habits just by playing with your kids.

4 – Play with your food too. We make fruit and veggie “rainbows” and yes, I use cookie and sandwich cutters to make fun lunches out of cheese, bread, fruit, etc. It only takes a few minutes and they remember it forever.

Here’s a biggie. Habitz will send a free gift to families that sign up through my link once your child reaches 500 coinz! This can be accomplished with only a few days of use. So install the app and see how much fun it can be to develop healthy habits together!

Habitz is a free, fun-to-use, customizable app that helps to empower and educate your kids to make healthy choices. Here are 5 FUN ways we help our kids develop healthy habits that they can take with them throughout life. #ad #Habitz

What fun tips do you have for instilling and enforcing healthy habits?

When Kids Love Their Vitamins: L’il Critters Sweepstakes

This is a sponsored post for which I’ve received free product and/or compensation, but the opinions are 100% my own.

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2. They’ll play an active role in accompanying you to the store to pick out their special daily vitamins.

3. They’ll help their little brother or sister fall in love with L’il Critters™ as well.

 

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Our kids eat fairly well.. sometimes. Des goes to a daycare that makes him fresh fruit and vegetable-based breakfasts and lunches daily. It’s awesome! The source of some of my son’s nutrition is from someone who cooks extremely well daily. Scarlet is more of a work-in-progress. We all try together, and it has gotten better with time. L’il Critters™ has been infusing fun and taste into children’s nutrition since 1998 – with its line of delicious kid’s gummy vitamins and supplements. There are no chalky aftertastes or hard-to-swallow pills, which is something I find appealing to children and adults alike.

We have L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™ , which are gluten-free, and made with natural fruit flavors and colors derived from fruits, vegetables and plants. They have no high fructose corn syrup and no synthetic (FD&C) dyes. This is all part of what makes my kids be the best they can be, in their favorite activities. Happiness, health, and kindness are the most important things for me as a parent to see in my kids. I love to see Des explore with his cars, boats, and bikes. I love to see Scarlet learning how to swim, read, and build LEGO spaceships. They are at this cool and unique point of childhood right now.

  

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My kids are on the GO, as you know. (Hey, that rhymed) To meet the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, even moderately active girls and boys would need to eat 1.5 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables a day.* While the fruit is more possible right now when the strawberries are bursting from the garden, this is a limited time of year, and that’s not counting the recommended vegetables. When we’re on-the-go or when we’re going through picky phases or seasons, I’m glad that L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™ help establish and maintain healthy habits, provide essential nutrients, and taste great too. L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™ are available at club, mass, drug and grocery stores nationwide including: Costco, Walmart, Target, CVS and Walgreens. More info and a $1 coupon to download here.

  

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