With busy schedules and extra-curricular activities, cultivating healthy habits for your family can seem overwhelming.
Eat dinner together.
Studies have shown that children who regularly eat meals with their families tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less fried foods. Carving out time to eat as a family can also reduce stress and foster better relationships. Don’t feel like you have enough time to plan and make meals every week? Meal prepping is a great way to plan healthy, easy dinners each week. Check out even more benefits of eating as a family
Put the devices away.
In our digital age, we’re on our smartphones, tablets, or laptops more than ever. And this doesn’t just go for teenagers; toddlers, tweens, and yes, even parents, are glued to technology. Create technology boundaries as a family by making the dinner table a “no phone zone” or putting all devices away at a certain time each night. Such boundaries create a distraction-free environment to spend quality time together as a family, enjoy old school board games, and create new memories together.
Play outside together.
Getting outside as a family is a great way to unplug and get that vitamin D that everyone needs. Play catch in your backyard, go on a walk through the neighborhood, or have a picnic at a local park. From sidewalk chalk to fishing, the outside activities are endless. Give your children the opportunity to run around and use their imaginations… and use your imagination with them!
Exercising as a family teaches children healthy habits and it bonds families. One study showed that exercising as a family allowed children to better relate to their parents. You don’t have to take your family to the gym to exercise together. There are a lot of budget-friendly ways for a family to stay fit…and have fun along the way!
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but did you know that there is scientific proof in that saying? Check out some of the benefits of laughter.