Five tips to help children learn emotional self-regulation and maintain a healthy weight*
Tip 1: Guide children in learning to recognize and articulate what they are feeling. It’s important to understand which triggers provoke excessive eating.
Tip 2: Help your children learn and apply emotional self-regulation techniques to help bring their emotions into balance.
Tip 3: Encourage and demonstrate attitudes of appreciation and forgiveness — help children find balance between apathy and perfectionism in the things they do.
Tip 4: Limit sedentary time to a combined total of two hours for watching TV, playing video games and conducting non-school-related web surfing.
Tip 5: Set an example for children by making good nutritional choices and incorporating plenty of outdoor physical activity into your own daily routine.
*Adapted from Tips for Parents — Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight, located on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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