A family can seem healthy on the outside, but looks aren’t always a perfect indicator of healthy habits. Some mistakes are done so many times, it is hard to break the habit. If the whole family participates in breaking bad habits and introducing healthy alternatives, there is a much higher success rate.
Fast food is convenient and sometimes feels like the only option when there isn’t any time to go home for dinner. The calories and fat content in fast food are not a healthy option for adults or children. Instead, a night time routine that incorporates prepping food for the next day is ideal. Feeding kids a hot meal on the way to soccer practice can be done by using a crockpot to make food the night before. Insulated food containers are great for packing hot meals to go. It may take a while to get used to pre-cooking healthy meals, but it is well worth the money savings, or debt reduction, time and energy.
Busy families spend a lot of time sitting in school, offices and cars. A family should take time in the morning to workout together for a more productive day. Exercise is not only great for the body but helps children stay calm and ready to learn in class.
Time is one of the most important opportunities for families to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Spending time together one-on-one and as a family should be a regular practice.
With technology being so popular, getting family members to let go of electronics can be a battle, even for the adults. There should be a set time that is screen free. This can be right after school, an hour before and after dinner or a whole day on the weekend. Children should only use electronics of any kind for an hour or less a day. Homework being the obvious exception. Parents should save work duties on computers, checking emails and texting for a time that is more secluded from children, so they have a good example of what life is like without electronic distractions.