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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

Raising a child is not for the faint of heart. No day is happier than the day your child is born. Here are five tasks that can be completed right now to improve your kid’s well-being.

Set aside $100 for college

It’s not a lot of money, but it’s a start. The longer you put it off, the harder it’ll be to start. You’ll feel better knowing you’ve made a small dent in one of the largest expenses you’ll face in your life. A 529 Education Savings Program will help that $100 grow,too.

Throw away the junk food

Childhood obesity is a real concern. Children need to be taught early to make the right food choices, and it starts at home. Purging your house of junk food tells your child that health is important. You’ll hear some whining at first, but your child will learn to love fruits as much as Funyuns.

Work out

Yes, you need to work out! Set a good example. You’ve thrown away the junk food, now show your child that you’re willing to walk the walk. If you get your child active today, chances are good that it’ll start a lifelong passion for staying fit. And get outside; heating and ac Indianapolis can’t beat fresh air.

Call an attorney to set up a will

It’s not the happiest thing you’ll ever do, but writing a will will ensure your wishes will be carried out should the unthinkable happen. Get legal help like that found at mullinslawoffice.com/services to also set up guardianship. And don’t forget to purchase life insurance, too. All these things will help you sleep better at night.

Set aside some time and hug your kid

This is the easiest and most important task to complete, but the one that gets neglected the most. Play a game, watch a movie, cook dinner — do something together and give your kid a long hug at the end of the day. You can’t love your kid too much and nothing will improve your kid’s well-being more.

It’s easy to become a parent, but it’s hard to be a good parent. And as a parent, you don’t get a report card every three months telling you how you’re doing and how your kid is doing. Perform these five tasks today, though, and your kid will be better off then he or she was yesterday.

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