A lot of people have said a lot of things about families. The American poet Maya Angelou once said, “I sustain myself with the love of my family.” World War II-era prime minister Winston Churchill said, “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created.” And nineteenth-century novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
But no one ever said that raising a family would be easy. You’re busy, and so are your children, which can make it hard to find time to connect and make it hard to keep up with what they’re doing, and ensure they’re strong, happy, and healthy. Below you can find a few tips for keeping your family strong, happy, healthy, and connected to one another.
Take Care of Your Health and Well-Being
You can’t be strong and happy if you’re not healthy, so the first thing you need to do for your family is to take care of your health and well-being. Taking care of your family’s health and well-being starts with having the right insurance plans to meet your needs, whether health or life insurance policies. Keeping current on your health insurance helps your family’s well-being while you’re alive, and whether you buy life insurance online or through a broker, you’ll be helping your family once you’re no longer here.
Exercise and Eat Healthy Foods Together
While this is important no matter what year you’re in, exercising and eating healthy are key to being strong and healthy. The trick is to eat healthily and exercise together as a family. Cook meals as a family, go on walks together and reconnect the way you haven’t in years.
Date Your Spouse
Parents are the glue that holds a family together, and you both provide the blueprint for your children’s happiness. If they see you healthy and happy together, they are ten times more likely to grow up to have a lasting, happy relationship with the partner they choose to be with as well. Let your children see you being affectionate towards one another and having that once-a-week date night. It’s not only good for your relationship but the family dynamic also.
Eat Dinner as a Family
Eating dinner as a family might be the single best thing you can do to stay healthy, happy, and strong this year (and every year, really). Dinner is the time when you shut off the electronics, put down the cell phones, and just connect as a family. You can find out a lot about what’s going on in your children’s lives by simply listening as you eat dinner together.
Listen to Your Children
Believe it or not, many parents don’t seem to know the difference between hearing and listening to what their children are saying. One of the keys to a happy, strong, healthy, and connected family is taking the time to really listen. Listening without judgment is the best way to let your children know that you’re always going to be there for them and that they can tell you anything. This is especially important as your kids grow into teenagers and start to form their own ideas, beliefs, and thoughts.
Make Time for One Another
While they might not act like it, especially as they get older, it’s important for children to spend time together as a family. Whether it’s board games on Tuesday nights or going out to dinner on Fridays, spending time together is the perfect way to show each other how much you care.
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