As my firstborn sons wind down their senior year of high school, I question what I still need to teach them over these next couple of months before launching them off to their respective college campuses come August.
One area where we parents seem to fall short in our teaching is helping our son or daughter manage their health.
In general, we do a relatively good job of talking with our kids about the importance of eating a healthy diet while getting proper exercise and plenty of sleep. Yet, are we failing to prepare our kids to manage their health when they leave our homes?
From the many stories I’ve heard from doctors and nurses, I’m thinking so.
Emergency Room Nurse Charity Hollywood says she consistently sees ill-equipped young adults stream into the emergency room where she works near a large university campus in Arizona. She says that she is striving to raise her 6-year old twin sons to be confident and capable from a young age and encourages other parents to prepare their children better when it comes to managing their health.
What skills do young adults lack when it comes to their health?
What can parents do differently while raising their kids so that they can launch adults who are more confident and capable when managing their health?