Mighty Mommy has 4 easy ways to help keep your family strong each day.
As parents we strive to keep our children as healthy as possible in terms of the food choices we serve, the environment we live in, and the physical activities we engage in. But there is also another way we can keep our kids healthy and that’s by building a strong family foundation that will help them succeed in life.
Here are 4 ways you can help keep your family ties strong:
Tip #1: Couples must make their relationship a priority. So many parents think their kids’ needs come first, but if couples forget to nurture their own relationship, their families will pay the price. Set an example for your children and show them that you and your spouse love one another and because of that love, they created their family. What children see at home is what they will try and emulate in their own lives.
Tip #2: Share meals together regularly as a family. This suggestion is continuously made by professionals and family therapists for one good reason—it is one of the simplest ways harried families can stay connected. It doesn’t have to be every night—Sunday brunch, or a weekend picnic, or every Wednesday night for pasta and meatballs—just as long as it’s a regular thing in your home. Get in the habit of sharing meals and you’ll have a surefire way to stay close.
Tip #3: Observe family rituals. Family rituals, such as movie and popcorn night or tagging a family Christmas tree, gives your family something to look forward to on a regular basis and helps bond you closer together. Look for ways that your family can create special rituals of your own that your kids will remember 20 years from now.
Tip #4: Show affection towards one another. Don’t be afraid to show affection for your loved ones. Whether it’s a hug and kiss each night when you tuck the kids into bed, patting your teenage son on the back after he hits his first homerun, or just cheerfully calling out to your daughter “You’re going to ace that Algebra test today! I can’t wait to hear about it when you get home”— providing your kids with warmth and affection helps them stand strong when they are out on their own.