Just like any other relationship, good family life is cultivated over time. However, it’s not something that happens overnight, and it takes work from all family members to make sure everyone feels included and taken care of. This informative post will give you some great tips on creating healthy family routines so you can cultivate great relationships with your loved ones!
#1 Offer continuous emotional support
Offer continuous emotional support and encouragement to your children and spouse, as well as yourself, regularly. Support often looks like listening, asking questions about their day or life in general, helping them work through problems they are having at school/work/life, etc. Encouragement is best when you use kind words that uplift someone’s spirits or call out the effort they put into something, making it seem even more worthwhile! For example: “I know this was hard for you, but I can tell by how happy you look now that things are going great & I’m so proud of you!” Self-care is also a vital component of any relationship and should be included in your daily routine!
#2 Give them some responsibility
Give your kids and spouse some responsibility in some regions of the family life. For example, let them plan a day/meal with you, so they feel more included and invested in what’s going on! Or have them take care of something specific around the house while also responsible for their tasks (i. e., taking out the garbage). It’s even OK to ask if they need help every once in a while but try not to do everything yourself without involving others because it makes people feel like there is no point in helping or that you don’t think they can handle anything on their own. It’s imperative to try not to compare your children with one another. Everyone is different and has their own strengths & weaknesses, which make up who they are as a unique person!
#3 Allow them freedom to an extent
This is so they can feel like they are growing up and understand the importance of family life & their contribution to it! It’s best when you set boundaries, explain why those boundaries exist with age-appropriate language (i.e., “you may play outside until dinner time if I know where you are; otherwise I would prefer for you to stay inside”), then give them a task that helps keep this boundary in place (i. e., having chores or homework before playing). If something comes up where someone needs more flexibility than usual, communicate clearly how long it will last & what changes need to happen after it’s over! Don’t make exceptions too often as it can lead to a lack of boundaries and disrespect for authority.
#4 Make family dinners routine
Make family dinners a routine in your house. Family time is when the whole unit should be present and eating together, not when people can come & go as they please! It’s also essential to make sure everyone is around the table at dinner for this meal because even if you don’t want to talk or think it’s pointless, just being there shows that you’re committed to your family life which makes others more likely to do so too! Also, try incorporating conversation starters during meals, like discussing something from each person’s day or asking open-ended questions about how someone felt about what happened. The meals prepared for this time of day can also impact everyone who would love to join the table if their favourite food was prepared.
# 5 Enjoy exercising together
Enjoy exercising together as a family to help establish healthy habits for everyone. This can include going on walks, hikes or bike rides in the neighbourhood, playing games like soccer or tennis outside if weather permits it, having dance parties at home with fun music and trying out new recipes from fitness blogs (i.e., how to make bread pudding from Preppy Kitchen) so you get healthier snacks while also getting more involved! No matter your kids’ ages, they will appreciate this time spent doing something active & encouraging them to stay active is critical for growing bodies and minds alike! Try not to focus too much on weight/body image during these times either because that would be counterproductive since all of those issues should be discussed when one person feels they need it!
There are many ways to create healthy family routines that help cultivate great relationships. If you follow the advice in this article, your family will be stronger than ever!