As a parent, the choices we make can affect how we function not only as a parent but as an individual. Making unhealthy lifestyle choices can add more strain on our parenting than we can even imagine. So make healthy lifestyle choices is very important. But it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? I have found myself making some bad choices and paying for them later. That is why I was excited to get this contributed post with these great tips on how to make better lifestyle choices that can help keep parenthood from becoming miserable. 


All of us are surrounded by airbrushed images of perfection, and parents are certainly no exception. It can seem like everywhere we look parents are assailed by images of picture perfect and impossibly young-looking parents grinning with unimaginable joy at their kids while bathed in the perfect light of a beautiful spring morning. The iconography of advertising tells us that parenthood is supposed to be a universally and unrelentingly joyous experience… Maybe this is why we feel so bad about ourselves when our real-life experiences don’t mirror this. Check out this Washington Post article from a few years ago that reveals that parenthood can be worse than divorce or even bereavement for our mental health. If this feels achingly familiar, it may well be worth reassessing the lifestyle choices that parenthood inflicts upon us and seeing what we can do to redress the balance of our quality of life…

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Don’t let parenthood make you a hermit

It’s all too easy to see parenthood as an elaborate form of house arrest. As wonderful and edifying as it often is to spend quality time at home with our kids, it’s also perfectly natural (and important) to want to spend time with your partner, your friends, and your social circle to live your life outside of being a parent. Becoming a hermit parent will inhibit your personal, social and intellectual growth and will actually impair your efficacy as a parent. How can you expect to raise your kids with a healthy understanding of the world if you refuse to participate in it? Your kids will want a cool parent by their side, not a twitchy recluse.


Get up, get out, get active

There are many reasons why regular exercise improves your quality of life and makes you a better parent. That morning job, yoga lesson or a trip to the gym gives you a little time away from work and home and the respective troubles and pressures of each. Moreover, it boosts your brain’s production of the neurotransmitter dopamine and endorphins. These boost and stabilize your mood, making you a happier, healthier parent and a nicer person to be around.


Sleep well

Getting plenty of sleep has a wide range of health and psychological benefits. Indeed, a good night’s sleep can even make you look younger and more attractive. While we sleep, our bodies rush collagen to our skin keeping it firm and youthful while also feeding water and nutrients to our skin and hair, ensuring that they are well hydrated and look well nourished and healthy. Moreover, restful sleep on quality mattresses has numerous psychological benefits. A good night’s sleep can relieve stress and keep anxiety at bay while facilitating healthy cognitive function. All told, sleep makes us prettier, smarter and happier!


Cut out the toxins

It’s all too easy as a parent to over-rely on ready meals, processed foods, and unhealthy snacks, foregoing water and nutrition and lurching from one caffeine hit to the next. Unfortunately, the time saved by doing so is a false economy because living like this does little to improve our quality of life. Cut out the toxins, ease off the stimulants and fill your plate with green veggies, whole grains, and pulses and see how much better you feel after a fortnight.



Parenting can be difficult but we don’t want to make it more difficult by the choices we make. The lifestyle choices we make as a parent not only affect how we function as a parent but they directly affect our children.

I can relate to the first tip and have often had to remind myself when I was younger to get out of the house. Taking care of children can keep you so busy that we often forget about ourselves. Getting outside is important to our well-being because we need things like sunlight and social interaction.

Exercise is not only important for weight management but it helps us with things like stress relief and improves our mood. These alone can help us with our parenting and give us more energy to do the things we need to accomplish as parents.

Everyone needs sleep, but parents need a little bit more because those little ones are counting on us. It can be difficult to find the time to manage a household and get enough sleep but if you manage your time properly you can accomplish it all. 

Lastly, the time you save from unhealthy food practices can actually do harm to your body and make it harder to function. I learned the hard way that easy isn’t always better. You can still find simple ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet that will keep your body and your children’s functioning properly. A healthy diet means proper health, better mood, and lots of energy.

So, do you make choices as a parent you are not proud of? Do you have any tips to help those of us who make the wrong choices make better ones? I would love to hear your experiences and suggestions below. 

4 thoughts on “Parenting Tips: Healthy Lifestyle Choices”

  1. Great tips that I’ve never actually heard of before. I’m always out and about and staying active, however, because of this I dislike going to bed. I don’t actually get much sleep and I know it has a bad effect on my health. I definitely need to get onto this asap, and I’m sure a better mattress will help me reach this goal. Thanks for all the helpful info.

    1. Hi Brandon,
      I can understand why you don’t like to sleep and who can blame you, there is so much to do in a day. However, you are right when you say it is bad for your health, probably worse than you think. When your body doesn’t have time to rejuvenate it can’t heal. Take these two examples, blood pressure can be reduced with proper sleep but without it, the levels can stay high. Cold or flu symptoms can get better by rest without proper rest it takes longer to recover. So imagine everything else you do to your body during the day that you don’t give it time to recover from. Now add that up every day. A good mattress is important for proper sleep so I agree you should invest in one. Here are some tricks to help you fall asleep. I wish you all the best!

  2. Thanks for a very informative article. I am well past the child-rearing stage, but I enjoyed reading it. I agree with you that getting out of the house is important. That was one of the hardest things for me to do when my son was little. I hated leaving him but did need the company of my friends as well. Although it’s difficult to get enough sleep with a little one around, that too is important, and everyone needs to eat healthier than we usually do.

    1. Hi Carol,
      It was hard for me to get out when my children were young too, I felt the same way. Sleep is one the most important things you can give your body and yes it is really hard when you have babies but not impossible. Eating healthy is something everyone needs because it helps us all function at our best. Thanks for the comment!

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