Keeping your family happy and healthy can sometimes be a challenge with all the chaos going on in your life. Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad gives us 5 simple tips to help you keep your family happy and healthy!
Keep Your Family Healthy & Happy With These 5 Simple Tips
If you have multiple children, you may struggle with this even more while shifting from activity to activity in addition to the hustle and bustle of school and work. So what can you do to help relieve the daily stresses? Here are some tips to get you started.
Self-Care Is Necessary
Remember that it IS OKAY to take a little time for yourself every now and then. That may be a 30-minute bath/shower without while your significant other helps supervise the kids or it could be a weekly hobby that you enjoy or just time to focus on something you care about. The point is that even parents deserve a break sometimes!
Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Share the load at home. Household chores can’t be covered all by one person when both parents are working and even if only one parent works, it can be stressful to do alone. Splitting child rearing responsibilities is key to a successful family. I am sure you have heard that it takes a village, right? When you share the home responsibilities it helps to prevent some stresses and burn out.
Flexibility is a Good Thing
Kids thrive on routine and families need some for stability. However, your family deserves a little flexibility too! Remember that routines are good as long as they are not so rigid that you miss out on life. It is okay to change things up now and then. You nor your child will be harmed by staying up a little later to read …one…more…story…past their bed time or by eating dessert first! Memories are too precious to waste.
Things Are Better When You’re Together
Get outside and explore or go on an adventure. Do something regularly as a family. Choose something that you all will enjoy. It should be an activity to encourage family bonding with only parents and kids. You can have other activities later that include friends and other relatives. As a family, it is important to share some memories alone. It can be something simple like a picnic and playtime at the park or a family vacation. Just spend time together, doing something that makes everyone happy!
Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them
Pick your battles, change your plan and reduce the stress. Some things are worth worrying about and others are not. If you are chronically struggling with something at home, find a new approach. Avoid fighting the same battle over and over again. Change your routine if you’re always running late. If your child can’t seem to remember their spelling words, try having them sing and spell. If you have tried one strategy over and over…it’s time to move on.
It takes team work to build a family and a team to keep it going! It only takes one unhappy person to rock the boat. Remember work together, stay together and be happy together!
From iFamily to Yours,