Families are better together. For many of today’s activity-focused families, it may come as a surprise that spending regular quality time together as a family is one of the best ways to improve your family’s health and well-being. For some families this might involve some slowing down and perhaps some difficult choices about what structured activities you might need to reconsider. Try making these habits a part of your family’s approach to healthy living and watch the relationships in your home blossom and grow.Download the Quick Start Kit (.pdf)
Helpful Healthy Habits
Give the Special Gift of Time
Special one-to-one time helps develop and strengthen the important adult-child relationships in a healthy family home. Children need adult time and attention like they need healthy food and playful activity. When it is missing, kids will find other ways to ask for adult time and attention often resulting in negative behavior and stress on the relationship. Special time doesn’t always just happen. Most of the time it takes some planning, but the thoughtful gift of your time is one of the things that will help your child learn, grow and thrive.
Make Family Time a Priority
One of the greatest gifts that you can give to your family is the time that you all spend together. In today’s world, too many families are go, go, go all of the time resulting in too little time spent together. Try to find an hour a day when your entire family has an opportunity to connect and share.
Togetherness: the Main Mealtime Ingredient
Eating together as a family can strengthen your relationships at home and help young people learn to be better friends at school. The family meal can be about being together and supporting one another. It’s also a great time to catch up on family news and discuss plans. Try to eat at least one meal as a family every day. Planning family meals in advance will help accommodate busy schedules. Preparing them together will strengthen family bonds. Establishing rules and rituals will make mealtimes memorable and create lessons that last a lifetime.