Tips For Keeping The Whole Family Healthy | Modern Mummy

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Tips For Keeping The Whole Family Healthy

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent. We all do the job differently, and our beliefs and hopes for our children's futures guide our choices and actions. This can cause many disagreements between parents, but the one thing that we are all sure of is that we want our children to live happy, healthy lives. With that in mind, here are some essential tips to help your entire family become healthier.

1. Clear Out The Cupboards 
A balanced diet means exactly that. Instead of swearing off ice cream and chocolate to eat only fruits and vegetables, I'm a firm believer in a little of what you fancy does you good so you should get a good mix of both. However, if there are more unhealthy options in your cupboards than healthy ones, the treats are going to be tempting! This is especially true with your children, who may be too impatient to rummage for something nutritious or wait for you to knock something healthy up for them. For this reason, you should clear most of the junk food out of your home.

2. Prepare The Food Together 
When it comes to preparing meals, invite your little ones to help. This may make the process a little longer and result in a bit more mess, but the benefits are worth it. As well as teaching your children how to prepare their own nutritious food, asking them to help you provides an opportunity for you to promote healthy eating habits and explain the importance of eating certain foods. They’re also more likely to eat their meals if they’ve cooked them themselves.

3. Stop Cleaning The Plates 
No parent likes to see their child waste food, especially after they’ve just spent quite some time preparing it for them. Teach them to listen to their tummy and describe to them how they are supposed to feel when they’re full.

4. Exercise As A Family 
Children tend to mimic the actions of their parents. If they see you lounging in front of the television all day, they’ll be more inclined to do the same. To help your child become more active, you should plan workouts that you can do as a family. Bike or scooter rides, hikes, swimming, football games etc give you quality time with your little ones and let you show them how much fun exercise can be!

5. Eat Evening Meals Together 
Breakfast can pass by in quite a rush, and, if your children have school, you probably won’t eat lunch together throughout the week. This is why it’s important that you ensure you spend your evening meals together. This is the perfect time to show what a healthy meal looks like. It also allows you to chat to each another, particularly about things that have happened throughout the day and may encourage your children to be open about anything that is causing them stress.

6. Deal With Your Stress 
As important as it is to help your little one’s combat their stress, it’s even more so that you deal with your own. If you’re unhappy, your kids will notice, which will upset them too. There are many ways to reduce your stress, from exercising to having a massage. As you can read in this sports massage benefits article, you might benefit from sports massages if you happen to have an injury. If your stress starts to get out of control, you can also seek professional help.

7. Develop Healthy Sleep Habits 
No one can function properly on poor sleep, especially young children. This is why it’s so important that you develop healthy sleep habits for them. Get them into a regular nighttime routine that might involve a bath, a story, a drink, and other activities, and set them a specific bedtime. Ideally, your little ones should be getting at least ten hours of sleep every single night. It’s just as important that you get your sleep, so be sure you do the same for yourself too.

8. Give The Children Chores 
Having to work, look after your children, and tackle all of the chores alone is a big responsibility. To lighten your workload, you should create a chore chart, assigning chores to every other member of your household, including your children. Even the youngest can tidy their own toys away. This teaches your little ones some responsibility and means that you have less to worry about.

9. Make Time For Fun 
Although it’s good to encourage your children with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, you should avoid putting too much pressure on them. This can create anxiety and tension, which will make these activities less enjoyable. It’s just as important that you push your little ones to have fun, for no other purpose than their enjoyment. Make sure that you play games together and take day trips as a family. You should also give them time to play with their friends.

10. Create No Phone Zones 
Technology has made the world better in so many ways, but there’s no denying the negative effects it can have when we spend too much time in front of a screen. For this reason, you should create a plan that outlines spaces and times when phones, tablets, televisions, and other screens are off limits. These might include during homework time and at the dinner table. The light from this tech can disrupt your sleep, so you may want to ban them from bedrooms too.

Creating a healthier family isn’t as difficult as most people think. Hopefully, the tips above can make your job a little easier.


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