Tips for Kids

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Financial Tips:

Start small

When giving your children an allowance, give them the money in denominations that encourage saving. For example, if the amount is $5, give them 5x 1 dollar coins and encourage that at least one dollar be set aside in savings.

Know what you spend

It is important that kids understand how to keep records of their savings and spending habits. A simple way is to use 12 envelopes, one for each month. Encourage your child to place receipts from all purchases in the envelopes and keep notes on what they do with their money each month.

Set a savings goal

It’s never too early to start saving and every little bit counts! Put up notes and pictures of what your child is saving for around their room to help remind them of their goal.

Healthy Eating Tips:

Swap it

A healthy option is to use avocado as an alternative to butter in your children’s sandwiches and make sure salad is included in their sandwiches.

Start the day right

Breakfast is important! A healthy brekkie can help your child stay active and more alert during the day. It also keeps the munchies away for longer. Nutritious breakfast options include wholegrain cereal, fruit, yoghurt or poached eggs on toast.

Fun faces

Make healthy eating enjoyable for your children. Create a face with salad on a plate (e.g. cucumber slices as eyes, grated carrot hair, cherry tomato nose and celery mouth). This is fun and is an easy way to incorporate healthy food in their diet.

Fitness Tips:

Fit together

Make fitness a family affair with your kids. Take the dog for a walk or bring a picnic and a ball to the park together. Being a good role model for your children helps them understand and believe in the importance of regular physical activity.

Variety is key

Children require a variety of fitness activities that suit their interests and abilities. Encourage your child to register for both a summer sport and a winter sport to keep them busy. Great sports that get the heart pumping include swimming, netball, soccer, hockey and rugby league.

Indoor exercise

You can be active indoors too with your kids. Try turning learning activities into active activities. For example, when asking your child what he/she learnt or read in school, ask them to act out the answer instead of just discussing it. Other simple activities include playing a dancing DVD or doing chores around the house together.

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