For every loving mother, nothing beats the feeling of seeing your family healthy and happy. From the hearty laughter of children to smiles on your spouse’s face, a healthy and happy family is a fortress. You may have seen beautiful portraits of happy, smiley families and found yourself asking why yours cannot be the same. The dirty socks and underwear littering the bathroom floor and empty toilet paper roll are enough to be a constant source of stress. But do not let those discourage you. Do you dream of the picture-perfect family - or anything close to that? Do you want to see your loved ones happy and healthy? Try the following tips.
Play, eat, love
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But something as simple as playing, eating, and loving can help set your family off on a healthy and happy path. Ensure that you incorporate many healthy dishes into your meals, as a healthy diet plays a huge role in having a healthy family.
It is challenging to live stress-free and happy when the ones you love the most are frequently ill and requiring medical attention. Besides healthy food, make enough time for the family to gather around and play or have fun. Put the smartphones and gadgets away for some time and play games with each other - the old school way. Having fun comes with a lot of benefits for mental and general health. Above everything else, put love first.
Establish a positive and healthy adult-child relationship
It is challenging to raise a happy family when there is a lot of tension or lack of goodwill between parents and children. That in no way suggests that you should throw discipline out the window. However, it should be done in a way that shows love and understanding.
A healthy and happy family is led by adults that set good, positive, and healthy examples. That not only leaves a positive impact on the younger ones observing, but it also gives them a sense of security while building trust. Your children should feel that they can approach you with any issue bothering them without fearing unfair judgment or rebuke.
Seek help as often as possible
No family is an island, and raising one can be very stressful at times. Even families that seem like they have it all together feel like falling apart sometimes. That is why it is essential to get all the help you need during difficult times. Believe it or not, your family is not alone in this, so there is no shame in reaching out for help. Who should you reach out to? If you have experienced adult family members, you can always go to them for advice and guidance. Alternatively, you can always seek the services of family therapists. From family crises to adolescent challenges and learning disabilities, a family therapist can be that extra pillar you need in your family.
So, take the initiative today to adopt these tips in ensuring that your family lives a happy, fulfilling, stress-free life.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.