When you’re a mom, the one thing that makes you happier than anything else in the world is knowing that your family are happy, healthy and loved. When you’re all in good health and you have a great time together, the family home is a fantastic place to be and your mind is always at ease.
Hopefully, your family is already pretty good, but it never hurts to try and make family life even better, so here are some simple tips to help you increase your family’s health and happiness right now:
Cook a Healthy Dinner Each Night
Cooking a healthy dinner every night is a great way to boost your family’s health and happiness, killing two birds with one stone. Having a nutritious meal on the table every night will help your kids to grow up strong and healthy and ensure that you and your spouse stay healthy to support them. It will also give you some fun family time together where you can gather round the table, eat good food and talk about your day. That will make you all happier, for sure.
Not only should you and your spouse aim to cook a healthy meal each night, but you should also try to get the kids involved in the process. Children who learn to cook from a young age are likely to be much more adventurous in their food choices, and they will learn the skills that they need to stay healthy when they grow up and head off to college.
Make Time for Cuddles
It’s just not possible to get too many cuddles. Spending time snuggling with your kids while you read them a bedtime story or talk about their day, is a great way to build your bond as a family and increase oxytocin levels, which make for happier individuals. Knowing that they’re loved will also help your kids to feel more secure.
If your family eats a healthy balanced diet, it is likely that you will all be getting most of the nutrients you leave, but it never hurts to hedge your bets by purchasing low-cost vitamin supplements for the whole family. A good multivitamin will help you all to stay healthy, fight off coughs and colds and have plenty of energy for playing together.
Make Time for Fun
Another thing that can help the whole family to be both happy and healthy is making lots of time for fun, especially if you choose healthy activities like hiking and sports or crafts. Families who spend all of their time sitting in front of the TV or each playing around with their own individual screens miss out on so many bonding opportunities that it is easy for them to drift apart, feel frustrated or anxious or simply just not get each other. If you want to be the kind of family that enjoy each other’s company, do things together and have an unbreakable bond, making time for fun activities is a must.
A happy, healthy family is a family that exercises together. So, get off the couch, go to the local park and run, toss a ball around or see how high you can go on the see-saw.
Reward the Good
When you have children, it is much better to reward good behavior than to punish bad behavior. Obviously, if your kid does something really dangerous or stupid, a reasonable punishment might be warranted, but on the whole, giving kids small treats like a trip to the zoo or a showing of their favorite movie is a better way to teach them good behavior and keep conflict out of the family home.
Spend One-on-One Time Together
Everyone in the family should take the time to have one-on-one time with each other, where they can talk, have a good time and work on maintaining a good relationship. It is particularly important that each parent takes the time to do this with each child, to give them some special time together.
Work on Your Marriage
If you are married, it is so important that you and your spouse work on your relationship. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are both happy, even if it means paying for a babysitter every week do you can get out and have a fun date night together. This, above all else, will help to keep the family healthy and happy. Of course, is a marriage is abusive or very difficult, it might be best for everyone if you split up, but if it comes to that, try to make the divorce amicable for everyone involved, not least the kids!