Health is a big topic across all forums and sources of education and for a family, health has to be important. Whether you’re dealing with preschoolers or teenagers, your children need to be aware of their health and what it means to make good choices across their lives. As a parent, you are the driving force behind their health and wellbeing, so while you’re controlling the kitchen and their activities, you should be the one to ensure they are eating well and moving enough. Health matters a great deal and if you are putting emphasis on the fun side of health, the whole family can benefit.
A healthy family is often a happier one. Those Sunday morning bike rides, the sandcastle building competitions on the beach and other group activities that can be done as a family unit all bring you closer together and happier all round. Look at all these creative ideas to spend time together that don’t involve exercise, and you can still find ways to bond! Finding ways to connect with your children and your spouse as a group is important, and we’ve got some fantastic ways you can work together to be healthier and ultimately, happier, as a connected unit.
Mealtimes should not be done separately and everyone should get a say in what goes on the family menu. Of course, work and other commitments can sometimes mean that eating separately is an inevitability, but where it’s possible you should always eat together around a table. This isn’t just because sitting together is pleasant, but it promotes a healthy association with food. Eating disorders are no laughing matter and if you are encouraging each other to eat a balanced, healthy meal around the table as a family, you can help each other to discuss stresses and be mindful of how much nutrition the kids are getting. You could also get the children involved in what is being cooked, encouraging them to try new things and taste new dishes is fun. By getting the kids involved, they can not only be educated in cookery, but in how to make balanced food choices.
Healthy foods are one thing, but keeping up with health appointments is another. They phrase goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this has some truth. The better you eat, the better condition your body will be in and the less you need intervention from a doctor. However, there are some things a family cannot ignore. General and emergency dental services and optician’s appointments should never be ignored and should always be regular. Teeth and eyes are both things that deteriorate over time and as a family, you should be encouraging of dental and eye health. Check out these wonderful ways to keep children calm at dental and eye appointments so that they don’t have to feel like it’s something to be frightened of!
Working together as a family to be active is a great way for everyone to bond and feel content. The best bit? Being active doesn’t have to be boring in the slightest! Trampolining, skiing, rock climbing and even tidying the house together as a group gives you valuable time to build relationships with each other and create a feeling of familial harmony. Physical exercise is important for health and if you are making a point of being as physical as possible as a group, you can easily gain happiness from that. The amount of laughter that can be drawn from being active and having fun can only bring you all closer together. Children thrive on acceptance, encouragement and excitement and all of these things can and are gained when they get involved in activities as a group.
A happy family is one that lives a bright, active and healthy life. That doesn’t mean being in each other’s pockets at all times – if at all. Taking time to be apart is just as healthy as being together. Family life is all about making the important decisions together and health is important. Discuss activities you’d all like to do together and create exciting dinner menus as a group. Even get the kids involved in cooking meals for the whole family. A happy family is healthy in themselves and the way they view life; and secure children thrive in in a secure environment. We don’t get to choose our family, but we do get to choose how to spend time with them.