Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle among Kids  

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) is bringing healthy lifestyle awareness to secondary school children. It is better to introduce healthy lifestyle early so kids can incorporate it and understand its importance when they grow up. HPB knows that students spend most of their time in school. In line with this, HPB developed a school program that helped hundreds to lose weight and stop smoking.

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The programme is called Student Health Adviser Programme. It started way back 2010. The initial program only covered 8 secondary schools but it will be expanded through time. HPB will make sure to bring the awareness to additional 50 secondary schools, 5 Polytechnics and 3 Institutes of Technical Education by the end of 2018. The health programmes are spearheaded by HPB in the hopes of reducing the rate of obesity and other chronic illnesses in Singapore.

The initial program helped 30% of more than five hundred overweight students. Overweight students attended the Weight Management Programme. The Weight Management Programme for example covers three sessions which will give students tips on how to promote healthy eating habits and staying active.

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Teenagers should be constantly reminded of healthy food choices and exercise. Food choices and exercise can affect your life in the later years. It is better to start young. If you are a parent, you should encourage healthy living to your kids by being a role model. Remember that your kids follow your lead. If you live an unhealthy life, they will surely tread the same path.

Healthy lifestyle is fun if it is done together with friends. Teenagers will surely like the program of HPB.

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Handling Your Kid’s Public Tantrums  

As much as you want to bring your kids outside, you are worried because they might exhibit public tantrums. Their public tantrums embarrass you. Suddenly, they become little fiends instead of adorable angels. You are not alone in this world. There are parents here in Singapore who are worried about their kid’s public tantrums.

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You have to understand that like adults, toddlers also experience frustrations. If you are unable to give it (their frustrations), they will surely ask for it until you yield. The good news is that tantrums become infrequent when your child reaches four or six. Instead of shouting at your kids when they exhibit tantrums, it is best to consider the following things:

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  • Stay calm: You have to stay calm as much as possible. Children can smell tension. It is easy to overreact when everybody’s watching. Take a deep breath first. The effective thing to do is ignore their tantrums.
  • Distract: The next thing that you can do is distract your child. You have to take their mind off with whatever they want. There are many distractions here in Singapore.
  • Remove: The next thing that you should do is remove your child from the source of his/her frustration.
  • Do not yield: It is important that you do not yield. If you yield, your kids will think that they can get what they want.
  • Allies: There are people around. Instead of feeling indifferent, you can use the scene to get other people to help you. You can seek alliances to help with handling your kids. Do not be embarrassed because most likely, the people nearby have their own kids and encountered the same scene.

You can eventually handle your kid’s tantrums in time. Good luck!

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Safe Driving for Your Teens

Your teen will always ask you to teach him to drive because the act excites him. It will be up to you to teach him. If you do not teach him, he will look for someone who will. When you give him car, he can either take care of it or abuse it. It is good if he takes care of the car but what if he will abuse it?

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There are some teens that experience road or traffic accidents because of reckless driving. They are lucky if they only sustain minor injuries but what if they will die? As a parent, it is your responsibility to take steps to avoid the hazards of driving.

Make sure your teen understand safety

It is important that you make sure your teen understand safety. One way is to enrol him at driving courses. He will know about the importance of seat belts, headrests and shoulder straps.

Make your teen committed to safety

Your teen should be a responsible driver. You have to make him committed to safety so he will know what to do and what not to do.

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Make a contract

Driving is not easy so it should be taken seriously. Your teen should not goof around with the car because it can claim his life or the life of others. To be effective, you can make a contract and include safety measures. If he understands it, he should sign it. You also need to consider the punishments.

Make your teen listen

Teens seek adrenaline rush. It is in their system so when they drive cars, the feeling excites them. Knowing that, you should always remind your teen about the safety measures and hazards of driving. If he fails to understand and listen, a punishment should be given.

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