In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” it states:
“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”
Often when I read this statement I think solely of the spiritual aspects of this statement. I think about how well I am teaching my children about reading the scriptures and having family home evenings together. I also think about how I am teaching them to pray and turn to Heavenly Father for guidance. I think about teaching them about choices and consequences.
I do not usually think about their physical needs. I feed them, bathe them, put them to bed and care for their physical needs on a daily basis. However, lately I have been thinking about the importance of teaching my children to care for their physical bodies properly. Am I giving my children the chance to eat fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal? Do I offer fruit for a snack, rather than a chocolate bar? Do I provide enough time for my children to exercise by playing outside? Am I teaching them the important of exercise and good physical health through my example?
It is important to create a healthy home environment. This environment should include both physical and spiritual qualities. Happiness comes through having a healthy balance of work and play. Positive self-image starts at home as well. It is important to create an environment in which your child can feel good about himself. As you teach your children the proper way to care for their bodies, they will have an increased self-confidence.