10 Things Happy Families do Differently

62042_article_fullThe family is the smallest and most important unit of the society. As individuals, we are a part, a product of our families. The society is also a reflection of the household and when the family is not working as it should then the society cannot function. To keep the family happy and united each member has to do their part in ensuring the whole unit remains a family.

To be a real family, each member has to choose to be a part of that family. The family cannot work if some people do not want to be a part of it. Everyone in the family always has to choose to remain a part of that family even when times get tough. It is a conscious decision that everyone has to make daily to stay in that family.

The family has to stick together through thick and thin. One of the primary functions of a family is to provide a support structure for every member of that family. Even when one member has made a mistake, it is the role of each member of that family to stick by them till the end.

family-1178614_1920It is important to note that the family is made up of different individuals each with their likes and dislikes, and their weaknesses and strengths. As a family, each member has to be accepted for who they are and not forced to be something they are not.

For the family to function, they need to make time for each other. Lack of family time is becoming a modern word problem as people are spending less time with their families but instead spend most of their time at work or on their electronic devices. If the family unit is to survive then, there has to time set apart by each member to bond. Family activities like picnics and vacations are very instrumental in achieving this.

It is also important for the family to have family traditions. These are activities that the whole family regularly does so as to create memories and tradition. They don’t have to be huge events; they can just be simple activities like a game night on the weekend, a soccer match for the whole family or decorating a Christmas tree.

Communication is an essential tool for the family. It is important that each member keeps in touch with the other no matter how far they may be. Children who may be studying in faraway places have to ensure that they keep in touch with their parents. Also, when communicating, it is important that family members use kind and caring words. For parents, this is important as children are very sensitive to how their parents talk to them even if they don’t show it.

A good family ensures its members are catered for emotionally. It is thus important that members share the emotions with each other. This creates trust and love within the family.

family-1023046_1920In family members need to know that they are responsible for their happiness. You cannot depend on another person to make you happy. You have to choose to be happy so as to bring happiness to the family.

Family members need to work together in everything they do. If one person has a task, he/she cannot handle alone then it is the duty of the family to pitch in and ensure that the task is completed. Even family chores every member needs to do their part.

Gratitude is another valuable tool for the family. Expressing gratitude shows the other person that you do not take them for granted.Gratitude is another important tool for the family. Expressing gratitude shows the other person that you do not take them for granted.

 

Encouraging healthy family lifestyle

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Most of us know the importance of healthy living and sometimes make attempts to observe such a lifestyle. It is, however, difficult to carry out activities that will make sure that the whole family is taken care of. Between work and regular chores at home, there is little time for the whole family to do something constructive together. It is for this reason that obesity has become such a menace even in low-income homes. Most parents only take care of the basic needs of their children but do little to ensure that their kids are living healthily.

First, it is important to note that parents are the first to affect the way children think and behave. They are their role models, their supporters and heroes not only when they are toddlers but throughout their lives. Children mirror almost everything that their parents do. From how they talk, walk and even their eating patterns. If the parents are sedentary; they spend most of their time in front of TV screens and computer monitors then the children are highly likely to be sedentary.  If the parents, however, choose to live healthily by eating well and exercising regularly then the children are also likely to pick, up on this behavior and do it all their lives.

Another basic rule of healthy living is to observe eating habits. It is known that eating snacks and other fast foods while on the go is bad for your health and leads to an increase of calories in your body. You should ensure that the whole family cuts down on their intake of such foods. You can instead make it a habit to have sit-down meals as a family. By doing this, your children will learn that the best time to eat is during sit-down meals and that unhealthy eating on the go is not good for them.

Exercise is also a big part of healthy living and as a parent, you should ensure that your children get plenty of it. These days many kids shy from outdoor activities for the TV and the computer. You need to make sure that your kids get to go outside and do some exercise. It has also been recommended that family exercise might be the best way to go about this. With our tight schedules, it is sometimes tough to find time to carry out these family activities. However, there are simple things you can do that can get you that time.

You can make it a habit for the whole family to exercise during commercial breaks. When a commercial break comes do some pushups together, run, jump and just do general exercise. Though a simple method, it will go a long way in reducing sedentary time and increasing the time that your family spends exercising. You can also dance together. Dancing is a fun way to ensure that the family gets some exercise and also bonds. Choose a song that all of you enjoy and just dance your way to the tune.

However much we may try, TV and computers are going to be a force in our homes. Children these days are hooked to their devices and sometimes it seems that there is just no stopping them. Instead of fighting technology you can blend with it and try electronic fitness programs for the whole family. This will help the parents cross the generational gap and also help the children get some exercise.…