Weight can be a difficult issue for children, especially preteen girls. During the preteen years, girls are more exposed to magazines and television shows that depict a certain body image. It's at this age that young girls start to feel self-conscious and may want to start losing weight. As a mother, there are several things you can do to ensure your daughter loses weight in healthy way. These tips can also help you shed some unwanted pounds. Best of all, these tips will give you and your preteen daughter more time to bond.
Get Your Daughter Involved in Cooking
One of the easiest ways to help your preteen daughter lose weight is to help her learn kitchen skills. The process of knowing how to prepare her own meals ensures that she doesn't have to rely on packaged or fast foods. Instead of your daughter coming home from school and grabbing a processed snack, she can spend a few minutes actually making a snack that's healthy. You should also give your preteen a chance to pick out meals to prepare for dinner. The simple process of encouraging these habits in your child can make a world of difference. However, you do want to focus on skills that can be done when you're not home and remember to tell your preteen to not use knives, the oven or stove when you're not home.
Select Fun Activities to Do Together
Once a child reaches the preteen years, they can start to grow away from their parents. That's why it's important to find activities to do together. Activities are also important because they are a healthy way for your child to lose weight. It doesn't matter where you live, there are thousands of activities for mothers and daughters to participate in. It may be a hike through the woods, a local yoga class or even a friendly game of basketball at the local recreation park. Take a few minutes to research what's available in your area and think about which activities your daughter would be most interested in. Just remember not to sign her up without asking her opinion. This can lead to a fight, rather than a bonding experience.
Give Into the Video Games
There was a time when video games prevented kids from getting the exercise they needed. Thanks to the Wii, XBox Kinect and PlayStation Move though, video games are actually a great way for your preteen to lose weight. Video games take the boredom out of exercise and make it fun. Children don't play these games and think about exercise. Instead, they concentrate on beating their top score and in the process burn more calories. This is also a great way for you to lose weight. Not to mention that your preteen will have a ball kicking your butt. But, hey, at least you'll be bonding. More importantly, she'll be doing something healthy that will help her shed the weight.
Plant a Garden Together
By the preteen years, children usually have a grasp on what fruits and vegetables they like to eat. Unfortunately, many fruits and vegetables can be expensive. With that being said, a garden is the perfect way for your child to get the fruits and vegetables they like without you spending a fortune. Best of all, gardening is a wonderful way to burn calories. If your preteen needs extra incentive to help plant a garden, tell them that they can sell the extra fruits and vegetables at the market and pocket the cash. Nothing gets a preteen moving like the word cash.