Incorporating family time into your
schedule is very important. Bringing the family
together is important and here are some tips to help
Schedule More Family Time:
People are busy, kids and parents included. Make sure there is a
block of time each day (with few exceptions) where the family comes together.
This means work, chore and activity schedules should be coordinated for maximum
Invest in a family calendar, if you donít
already have one, so everyone can write down his or her commitments and time can
be set aside together. Whether itís sharing a meal, playing a game or even
enjoying a favorite T.V. program, make sure there is family time. Getting kids
involved in extra-curricular activities has positive benefit, but
over-scheduling children to the detriment of family time benefits no one.
In addition to sharing time altogether, itís also great
to set aside a bit of alone time with each of your kids.
This doesnít have to
happen every day, but your kids need time to be able to regularly communicate
with their parents privately. Private talks shouldnít just be reserved for when
there is a problem or issue that needs to be discussed. Set a schedule with your
spouse or talk to a family member or friend that will give you time with your
kids on a regular basis.
Adopt a Healthy Family
Lifestyle: In todayís hectic world, itís sometimes
easy to let healthy choices and time for an active
lifestyle to go out the window. If you want a healthy
outlook to dominate your childrenís lives, it has to
start with you. If you want healthy kids, you have to be
a healthy parent.
Talk to your child about the
benefits of exercise and talk about healthy food
choices. You donít have to be marathon runners or forbid
any special treats completely, but add more healthy
items to your regular day.
Here are some ideas to adopt a more
Do your meal-planning a week in
advance and purchase all the ingredients you need.
If you donít plan ahead, youíre more likely to
choose more fast-food options.
Make meal time fun and get kids
involved in the preparation.
Leave a fruit bowl out where
kids can help themselves.
Prepare a veggie plate with cut
vegetables that is readily accessible in the
refrigerator at all times.
Limit the number of times you
eat out or take out. If you do need to choose
prepared foods, make more healthy choices. If a
restaurant you frequent doesnít provide healthy
choices, go elsewhere.
A few times a week, make your family-time a physical
activity. What youíll do will depend on your parents
ages and interests, but you might try:
- Go for a nature walk
- Visit a local aquarium, zoo or other attraction
that requires walking.
- Enjoy a game of tennis, golf or even bowling.
Choose activities the kids like. If it keeps them
off the coach, itís probably a good thing.
- Get family chores done. Wash the car together,
vacuum, but make it fun with great conversation and
- Encourage your children to get involved in sports
on their own. If there is a sport they would like to
earn more about, enroll them and let them get extra
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