‘We do OK most days but at times loosen the rules’

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e, h ot , ou the best thing you can do as a par­ent is model good eat­ing habits. Let them see you snack­ing on veg­eta­bles and eat­ing a va­ri­ety of them at ev­ery meal.

Syd­ney mother of three Amy Mor­ri­son says some of the six health be­hav­iours are eas­ier to get right than oth­ers. Her chil­dren — Poppy, 10 months, Sunny, 5, and Tilly, 7 — are ac­tive and en­joy sports and play­ing out­doors so they al­ways meet the rec­om­mended 60 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day. How­ever, when it comes to their veg­etable in­take, her ef­forts are hit and miss.

“My five-year-old, Sunny, could eat fruit and veg­eta­bles all day long with no prob­lem, but I have to get a lit­tle bit cre­ative with veg­eta­bles when it comes to Tilly,” the Chi­fley mum says.

“I tend to hide ve­g­ies in the meals a lot to make sure she gets them into her, oth­er­wise it would be next to im­pos­si­ble. But we have the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, screen time, sleep and teeth brush­ing guide­lines pret­tyy well cov­ered.

“Es­pe­cially with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, my older two are very ac­tive and do lots of sport, we only have one af­ter­noon a week off from after school sports. I also think k kids learn a lot by watch­ingng their par­ents model goodd be­hav­iour and my hus­band,nd, Peter, and I en­joy keep­ing g ac­tive.” Pic­ture: Justin Lloyd BEATA Ko­lasin­ski-Mauer says any par­ent who claims to be on top of ev­ery health rec­om­men­da­tion ev­ery day is ly­ing. The Manly mother to Sophia, 8, says she tries to make sure her daugh­ter has a healthy life­style, but ad­mits to a loos­en­ing of the rules ev­ery now and then. “It’s tough as a par­ent to make sure they get their five serves of veges and two of fruit ev­ery sin­gle day,” Ko­lasin­ski-Mauer, a den­tal re­cep­tion­ist, says. “We do OK on most days, but who doesn’t want to have a night off ev­ery now and then and order a pizza or fish and chips for din­ner? “I’m lucky that Sophia (pic­tured below with Beata) is not re­ally fussy when it comes to eat­ing healthy and I don’t have to hide veg­eta­bles in her din­ner like I know other par­ents have to. I think mod­er­a­tion is im­por­tant, to be healthy most of the time and al­low for lit­tle treats ev­ery now and then.” One thing Ko­lasin­ski-Mauer says she doesn’t need to worry about is the rec­om­men­da­tion to en­sure a child gets 60 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day. Sophia does Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, danc­ing, Nip­pers, swim­ming, ten­nis and sprint train­ing each week. And she’s happy to help walk the fam­ily dog. “The only day she has off is Thurs­day and she’s happy with that,” Ko­lasin­ski-Mauer says. Our week­ends are also very ac­tive. So if we come home from a long day out and she wants to slump in fro front of the TV for a few hours, I don’t have a prob­lem with that. “Yes, she li likes to watch TV and will some­time some­times play on her iPad, but it’s not a pr prob­lem be­cause it’s re­ally well b bal­anced with phys­i­cal ac­tiv ac­tiv­ity. And to be hon­est, I lov love watch­ing TV, so I can ha hardly tell her not to.” One area Ko­lasin­skiMauer says she has strug­gled with lately is sleep­ing as Sophia is hes­i­tant to sleep alone in th their new home. De­spite a lit lit­tle coax­ing at bed­time, Ko Ko­lasin­ski-Mauer says Soph Sophia still gets roughly 10 hours of sleep a night.

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