4 reminders from mothers
It’s a struggle to get kids to eat their vegetables, even though it’s good for them. College student Missy (not her real name), grew up with a lot of vegetables in her diet. “Sometimes they tasted a little bland,” she recounted, “but I can hardly tell, growing up eating them. It was never a bother. Her meals are wonderful and irreplaceable.” For one working girl who wishes to remain anonymous, this routine of eating healthy food made her aware of its many benefits. “When I was younger, I was rarely sick and had no digestive problems,” she shared. Drinking a lot of water
Aside from eating greens, moms always remind their children to drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day. A habit that Lisa Navidad, who is now a mother herself, picked up from her own mom.
Keeping active through sports and exercise was a routine that was very beneficial to LJ Dominguez, a former student athlete. Which was why he didn’t mind doing it. “I grew taller,” he shared “[Now] I do it on my own. It became a habit.” Mikhaila Ilano, a freelance artist, shares this sentiment. “It helps me become comfortable with physical activity,” she said. She also shared that it was a habit that promotes good discipline. “Even though she [my mom] did not have time to care for me, she tried her best to raise me with discipline,” added Ilano. Maintaining proper hygiene
Maintaining proper hygiene is always a good habit to have. The mother of Anne Jordan, a college student, encouraged her to diligently and routinely brush her teeth. While she admits that she was annoyed about it at first, she agreed that it paid off well as she grew older. “I now have a healthy set of teeth [and] I don’t have any dental complications,” she said proudly. The mom of an anonymous high school student makes her and her sister wash their hair with head lice shampoo. “They were kind of tedious to do, but whenever my mom would take the time to patiently brush the nits in my hair, I realized I couldn’t complain.” She realized that eventually she will have to keep track of her own health, so she is grateful that her mom is still there to give her reminders.