In our face-paced society it is harder than ever to build a healthy, well-balanced, and successful family. However, by putting in place a few basics and following some simple tips, it is possible and it is worth the effort. The habits you begin with your family, will carry over to your children’s families. So, make them count.
Tip 1 – Create healthy eating habits early
If you give your toddler healthy snacks he will develop a taste for them. If his “special treats” are a selection of sugar-free hard candy, then that is what he will get excited about. It is only when you have allowed your children to snack on sugary and fattening foods that he will crave them. If you are getting a late start, don’t worry. Their tastes will change making the new diet more enjoyable.
Tip 2 – Everyone is a superstar
In the home, everyone is a superstar. Place a cool chalkboard on the front or side of the refrigerator. Buy some cool chalkboard markers. Make sure every milestone or accomplishment is featured on the board. Erase it at the end of the week and start again. This does a couple of things. First, it opened up communication. Everyone is asked about their day. As the parent, you can point out that Billy brought up his grade in math or that Sue helped a neighbor carry groceries in. You shine the light on everyone and everyone is recognized.
Tip 3 – Eat dinner together at the table
This is an old custom that we should all embrace. Eat dinner as a family at the table. This gives you time to talk about your lives. It helps you stay in touch with each other. If something is coming up or someone is having a hard time, you will be able to address it. That half-hour it takes to eat your evening meal, will make you stronger as a family and more effective as a parent.
Tip 4 – Monitor what is allowed in
A sound family is the center of everything you know and love. A strong family pulls together in hard times and celebrate together in good times. The strength of a nation is only as sound as the strength of the families who live there. Monitor what your kids watch on television. Monitor what they are doing online and on their cell phones. Monitor what they are reading and who they are playing with. Your child is much like a computer. If you put garbage in it you will get garbage from it. Make sure they are exposed to healthy programs that support your core values.
Tip 5 – Set an example
Do not create rules that you do not abide by. No violence on TV means for them or you. Limits on sugar and junk foods means for everyone. Kids do what you do, not what you say.
Tip 6 – Eliminate
There are certain things you should never allow and you should be on guard against to nurture your family.
Everyone needs to feel loved, appreciated, unique, and valued. Making fun of someone or teasing about something that embarrasses a person is not okay. People learn and grow at different rates. Help them by reassuring them and pointing out what they have already accomplished.
Forgiveness and acceptance is critical to every family. A person who feels that they will never be forgiven for their mistakes learns to hide them and to turn them into mountains that they carry with them every day.
If these things are in your family dynamic, eliminate them and rebuild the structure that is the center of your world.
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.