The Benefits of Family Togetherness
Actions speak louder than words. Almost everyone has heard this expression but how you may ask does it relate to you and your family? We know that children learn from their parents; they are watching your every move and will imitate your actions – verbal and non-verbal.
You are a role model for your child – being consistent at home in your role as parent, provider, rule enforcer and protector will help your child to develop healthy habits at home.
Think about the daily routines at home – breakfast, getting ready for the day, dinner, bedtime. How effectively do your daily rituals communicate with your children about engaging in a healthly lifestyle? Planning is key. Planning meals for the week will ensure that you have the necessary produce on hand to prepare healthy meals when you come through the door every evening . In a prior blog we mentioned how to cultivate good eating habit with children. You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choice and physical activity habits.
In a recent study by the University of Minnesota found that adolescents who have regular family meals are significantly less likely to engage in cigarette smoking , alcohol use and other risky behaviors. Read more here from project Eat.
Having a healthy family environment creates much more than just giving your kids healthy foods at home.