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Actionable Steps To Improve Family Wellness

Actionable Steps To Improve Family Wellness

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As a parent, the health of your family will obviously be a priority to you. The last thing you want is for anybody to get sick, from the youngest members of your family to the oldest. As such, there are probably things you are doing already in relation to everybody’s health and wellbeing. This is great news if so.

Of course, a few reminders are always useful. So, consider the following. While you may be doing some of these things already, there are also ideas on this list that you may not have thought of yet. You will be better able to achieve your health goals if you commit to any of these and you will also protect the health of your family too. 

#1: Schedule in those all-important healthcare checkups

It’s sometimes the case that we can forget to schedule health appointments when we’re too busy. Or we simply neglect the need to do so and only book appointments when somebody in our family is suffering in any way. However, prevention is often the best way forwards when it comes to our health, so schedule those appointments, even if everybody is feeling fine. If there are any issues, these will be flagged and dealt with before other problems set in. 

6-monthly checkups are recommended when it comes to dental care, for example. And 2-yearly checkups are recommended for the optician. It’s also important to visit the doctor if the adults in your family haven’t had a health screening in a while. And if you haven’t yet done so, you should also book an appointment with the best pediatricians for your children, as regular check-ups are equally as important as they start to grow and age.

#2: Schedule in no-screen days

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We can all be guilty of spending too much time in front of a screen. However, there are health consequences, including those health risks related to a sedentary lifestyle. Obesity can become a major problem for any member of your family who is regularly inactive, and stress, depression, and the risk of diabetes are other consequences. 

If you can limit screen time you will reduce these problems and have more time for physical activity. This might be on the weekend when there is no school or work, or it might be one evening a week when you are all together. Spend time doing something outdoors, perhaps by going for a walk or by taking up a shared hobby. Or on those pesky rainy days, you could use these ideas on keeping your children active indoors

You don’t have to place a screen ban for the entire day as it might be hard to achieve. However, if you can limit screen time as much as possible, there will be more time for exercise, as well as increased bonding time with your family. 

#3: Manage your family’s unhealthy habits

Encourage each member of your family to choose an unhealthy habit that they need to quit or cut back on. For your children, it might be cutting down on sweets or junk food. For the adults in your family, it might be drinking less alcohol or quitting smoking. As we discussed above, another unhealthy habit might include too much screen time. 

To manage these habits, you could make a pact with one another to quit or cut down. You could also promise family rewards if people manage to stick to the goals they set themselves. This can be useful if some people are more resistant to giving up certain things than others. 

As a parent, you can also do what you can to help others. Bringing less junk food into the house and cooking healthier meals is obviously one thing you can do. And you could also find ways to distract yourself and others from unhealthy habits, such as planning activities that don’t involve screen time

#4: Be a good role model

If you want your children to follow healthier habits, you need to role model good behavior. This means no looking at your phone if you have placed limits on screen time. This means no sitting in front of the TV if you have told your children to be more active. And it also means no chomping down on a bar of chocolate if you have told your children they need to eat healthier snacks. 

The actions you take will influence what others do so be mindful. If you can role model healthy habits, such as going for a walk each day, it might be that your family members will follow your good example. 

Finally

Are there things you need to do to improve the health of your family? The ideas we have presented here are just the start. So, consider what else you need to do and then take actionable steps for the improved health and wellbeing of every family member.

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Visiting Family This Christmas? 10 Ways To Prepare To Make It The Best One Yet

Visiting Family This Christmas? 10 Ways To Prepare To Make It The Best One Yet

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone around the world thanks to Coronavirus, and after such a terrible year, you might be looking forward to celebrating Christmas and putting this year to bed once and for all. And what better way to celebrate Christmas than being surrounded by your family and friends? After a year that’s been difficult for everyone, let’s look at these amazing ways to prepare to make Christmas the best one yet, so that you can move into 2021 feeling positive and ready to conquer!

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Get everyone involved

Depending on where you live, there might still be restrictions in place that may hinder you from seeing everyone this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to miss out! Form your Christmas gathering bubbles and set up a zoom call with other family members so that nobody has to miss out! That way, even if someone is unfortunate enough to be isolating on Christmas day, you’re still able to see each other and spend Christmas together as a unit. If you’ve got a smart TV and a HDMI cable, you could even project your zoom call to your TV to make it seem like they’re really there with you!

Check your car

The roads can be treacherous during the winter time, and if you’re travelling a significant distance to visit your family this Christmas, it’s a good idea to check your car beforehand. You could do this yourself by checking the amount of oil in the car, pumping up your tires, and even getting snow chains for your wheels if you expect to drive through snow. Alternatively, take your car to your local garage for a service and ask them for advice on staying safe on the roads during the winter time.

Buy personalised gifts

More than any other Christmas, this one needs to be special. This year has seen the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, some of whom you might know, not to mention millions of jobs and businesses being lost along the way. Make this Christmas the best one yet by purchasing personalised gifts for your loved ones. There’s something so heartwarming about receiving a personalised gift and let’s face it, you want to see your loved ones happy! There are plenty of personalised gifts you can buy online, but if you know somewhere local that personalizes items, support your local business! 

Create a Christmas playlist

In previous years the mere mention of Christmas songs usually turns people away from the idea of Christmas, especially when the radio stations begin playing them before people have gotten into the Christmas spirit. Well, Christmas is well and truly upon us, so create a playlist full of everyone’s favourites and have it on in the background while celebrating on Christmas Day! It’s surprising how much Christmas songs can really lift your spirits (especially if you’re a mulled wine or two down).

Start a new tradition

Every family has their own tradition at Christmas time, whether it’s eating breakfast together before opening gifts or watching a particular film after Christmas dinner as a family, they’re a great way of bringing a family closer than ever. Why not start a new one this year? The great thing about traditions is that it doesn’t necessarily have to make sense! They can be personal, or if you like, something fun for the family to take part in each year. Stuck for ideas? Here’s some Christmas tradition ideas for inspiration.

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Indulge in your favourite foods!

Looking after your waistline is great, but now’s the time to treat yourself! If there’s one thing that’s as good as being around those you love, it’s being surrounded by your favourite foods at the same time! So eat that minced pie, and treat yourself to another chocolate from the selection tin!

Take lots of pictures

While many of us live our lives precariously through social media and the images we see of other people’s lives, it’s still amazing looking back at old photos and remembering everything that was happening at that particular time. Even if you don’t share your photos on social media – be sure to take lots of pictures! In years to come you can look back and remember how you ended 2020 in style!

Play board games

It sounds so cliche, but there’s something so nostalgic about sitting with your family and playing a good old fashioned board game. You could try new games, twisting the rules slightly, or even making a rule that the loser must take a drink. If you are hosting a Zoom Christmas, encourage your family members on the other end to play, too! If you’re not a fan of board games, you could try other family games such as playing cards, or even using apps like House Party to play games with your loved ones.

Take a group walk

It’s almost a rite of passage to over eat on Christmas Day, and as a race we look forward to over indulging and serving up way more food than we can eat. However, every year you end up way too full and regret eating so much. Take your family for a walk around your town to help burn off some of the extra calories you’ve consumed. You could plan a route to admire people’s Christmas decorations, and pack insulated flasks with delicious hot chocolate to keep everyone warm. If you’re celebrating with children, you could create an “eye spy” game to keep them entertained along the way.

Have another glass of mulled wine

If you enjoy a glass of wine (or indeed, any other drink) every now and then, then why not treat yourself to another glass? After all, it’s Christmas right?!

Let’s wave goodbye to 2020 in style with those you love! Remember to check your local restrictions to see how many people you can mix with and any other rules to adhere to. The sooner COVID isn’t a threat the better! Merry Christmas!

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How to Ensure Your Family Is Thriving

How to Ensure Your Family Is Thriving

Life isn’t easy, that much is true. And it becomes even more difficult once we have a family to look after. Then, we need to make sure that everyone in our little clan is doing well and hitting all the milestones right on time. But of course, we don’t just need to settle for surviving as a family. We should thrive! And if you put a few crucial pieces in place, that’s just what your family will be doing. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested ways you can ensure your family life hits new heights.

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Live with Purpose

It’s normal that all begin to live on autopilot a little after a while. We’re in the routine of going to work, looking after the children, cleaning the house, and so on. When we’re so busy, it makes sense that we can’t always be as present as we’d like. It is worthwhile finding ways to live with more purpose, however. You’ll find that if you’re proactive with your family, then it’s easier to overcome the humdrum of the routine. Meditation can be an excellent method for staying focused and avoiding autopilot life.

Entertainment and Excitement

We all have responsibilities in life, but they shouldn’t be what life’s all about. We’re here to have fun and enjoy things! As such, one way you can ensure that your family is thriving is to make sure there’s plenty of excitement and entertainment in your life. Rather than just sitting around on a rainy Saturday, you could get crafty, or perform a play, or anything else that’ll get the creative juices flowing. Life is hard, sure, but there should always be time for having fun as a family: it’s those things that’ll form the basis of a happy childhood for your kids.

The Basics of Life

If the individual members of your family are all good on a personal life, then the whole family will be thriving. While it’s important to focus on the children’s long-term ambitions and dreams, it’s the fundamentals that should be given top billing on the priorities list. It’s things like their health, education, and overall fitness that’ll play the biggest role in determining their prospects. As such, you’ll want to learn how to prepare healthy meals for the family, find a trustworthy family doctor, and play an active role when it comes to their schooling. If the essentials in life are managed well, but it’ll be much easier for everyone to be at their best. And of course, this includes you: you’ll be in a much better position to provide for your loved ones if you’re feeling at your best on a personal level.

Get Organized

Finally, it’s worthwhile setting up a system that leads to robust organization. There are too many facets of family life just to keep them in your head. By developing a routine and managing all the duties with the help of communal calendars and so on, you can make sure that everyone’s where they need to be at the right time. 

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Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and soon, it’ll be time to take a well-deserved holiday with the family. Road trips are a fun and cost-effective way to spend time with your family, allowing you to see sights that other holidaymakers might miss on their adventure. While family road trips can be a blast, it can also be challenging to pack the whole family in a car or camper for weeks at a time. Thankfully, Thule products will make that part of it a lot easier. If you’re planning on taking a family road trip this summer, here are some tips to help you make your holiday a smashing success.

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Pack Plenty of Snacks

We all know that children can be bottomless pits in between lunch and dinner time. On a road trip, it’s not always possible to pull over and grab a bite to eat when the kids are getting hungry, so it’s a good idea to have plenty of snacks on hand. Bring a cooler to pack some healthy fruits, vegetables, and trail mix, but don’t forget to bring a couple of treats along too. Nothing keeps kids happier than munching on a biscuit or a chocolate bar when their stomach is starting to grumble. You should also pack plenty of juice and water so that nobody gets dehydrated, but try not to let your kids drink more than necessary, as this can lead to bathroom emergencies.

Bring Something to Entertain the Kids

Every parent dreads the point in a road trip where you begin to hear that question from the backseat, the one that’s sure to keep popping up relentlessly throughout the day- “are we there yet?”

Bringing entertainment for your kids can help to keep them occupied throughout your trip while helping you to maintain your sanity. Portable DVD players, gaming devices, and other electronics can keep children of all ages entertained for hours. You can pack a backpack with inexpensive toys, games, colouring books and other activities. Your kids will have so much fun digging through their goody bag, they won’t even notice that you’ve been driving all day.

Pack an Emergency Kit

On a road trip, your car needs to be in a safe condition before setting off on your journey. Ensure that the oil and water are checked and that your tyres are fully inflated and road legal.

You should also pack an emergency kit which needs to include more than blankets and extra toiletries. You also need to bring equipment to maintain your vehicle just in case it breaks down. There are a few essentials that every emergency kit should include:

  • A charged emergency mobile phone
  • A full first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher rated for Class B and Class C fires
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • A tire gauge
  • Foam tyre sealant or a spare tyre and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Towing tools
  • A utility knife

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Ways of Teaching Young Ones About Death

Ways of Teaching Young Ones About Death

Death is never a topic someone looks forward to discussing. Trying to explain death to your children can be quite overwhelming.  However, it’s severely worse when that discussion becomes inevitable. But how can you approach the subject of death to a child that has had no experience with it? There’s a lot of thought and pressure that goes into a conversation like that, but teaching them about death before it happens to a pet or someone close to the family could save a lot of heart-wrenching questions.

Introduce Death

Everything on this planet has a season or a life span. Introducing death to young ones is as simple as teaching them about the flowers that bloom in the spring. A flower is a great example of life and death. Plants and flowers are so similar to us yet, opposite. Just like us, they need food, water and sunlight. However, we rely on each other for life. We need their oxygen; they need our carbon dioxide. Teaching kids the facts of life and pointing out that death is a fact can help them to generally understand life’s cycle.

Experiencing Death

Sadly, some children are exposed to death at a very early age. Other children are able to make it to late-teens before personally knowing a pet or someone that has passed. Which scenario is better? Neither. They both have their downfalls because a loss is just that… a loss.

Some folks have used goldfish to be a first death experience. It’s a lot less traumatic than losing other pets. As most of us have experienced firsthand that goldfish do not have very long lifespans. A goldfish is a great example of a ‘being’ that must be named, cared for and loved. But once its life is over, parents can teach their child in-depth about loss by having a mini-funeral around the toilet bowl or a shallow grave in the yard. This experience teaches a child that there is honor in life and honor in death.

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About It

Death isn’t scary. How people die can be. But don’t be afraid to talk about death with your child. Kids are curious, so it’s better to learn from you, the parent, than from other outlets. Death is on TV, video games, the internet, etc. Getting the facts from you is better than your child thinking they have extra lives because that’s how the video game works. Or even worse, they do their own random search of facts that has the potential to scare the crap out of them.

Remember, to also talk to them about your beliefs. Share with them about what you think happens after life. Give them comfort in their questions. Reassure and comfort them when they express their fears. (Yes, they will have some.) And most of all, keep the door of communication open on the subject. They will have questions that popup at any time.

Letting Your Child Mourn

Mourning is a necessary process when losing a loved one. Whether it be a pet or a family member, whether you, yourself are mourning too, allowing your child to know that it’s a normal emotion to feel grief during this time is very important. There are five distinct stages of grief: Denial and isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and finally, Acceptance. Be reasonable as they process their grief. They might not be where you are in your process. Sometimes children sail through the stages, or they may get stuck on one stage longer than expected. There is family counseling that can help with this subject at any stage. Don’t be afraid to seek help if needed at any point.

Death is a fact of life. But, making it easy for just anyone to understand can be difficult, let alone a child. Teach them that everything on this planet has a lifespan. Perhaps, let them experience an example of death on a less-traumatizing level. Talk with them. Listen to them. And always keep the door of communication open. These things can help build a healthy outlook for your child on the facts of life and death.

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3 Fantastic Cars For A Growing Family

3 Fantastic Cars For A Growing Family

With your family growing all the time, you need to make sure that you have the provisions in place to accommodate this. We don’t just mean the basics such as food and clothing, but your car must also be taken into consideration. Your car isn’t going to be much use to you anymore if you don’t have enough room to fit all the members of your family inside. That is why we have written this article, to give you some awesome ideas of fantastic cars for a growing family. Keep reading to find our suggestions!

Toyota Sienna

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It’s likely the case that the first thing you think of when you hear the word family is a minivan. If this is true for you, then the Toyota Sienna is an excellent minivan option. When you need a lot of room, a bigger vehicle is going to be necessary and you can’t go wrong with this Toyota model. If you need to, the seats in the vehicle can be moved to give you more room which will be handy if you are going on a trip somewhere and need to fit a load of luggage, as well as your family in there!

You will also find that this has been cleverly designed to be low to the ground. The benefit of this is that your children will be able to climb in and out of this minivan without much difficulty. This is sure to make the loading your family into the car process a lot easier!

Honda Accord

Whether you are looking for a cool grey or a stunning blue, the Honda Accord can accommodate your color choice. Some families like to let their little ones choose the color of the car which is why Honda ensured that they had a wide range of options available. But, aside from the color of the vehicle, we are sure that you are going to be interested in other aspects such as the safety features equipped! The first one is that there is a rear view camera fitted so that you are getting the best view possible when reversing. While we are on the topic of safety, the Accord also has a blind spot warning to ensure that everyone in the car stays safe, even in the places you can’t see.

As an added bonus, the Accord has heated leather seats so that you and your family can keep warm on those chilly days! Whether you are completing the school run or you are going to be in the car for a while, everyone is going to be comfortable in this family car.

Nissan Rogue

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Are you a fan of Nissan? If you are, then you are probably familiar with the technology that most of their cars are equipped with these days. Nissan has built up a reputation for being tech-friendly over the years, so if this is something that you care about, this awesome SUV might be the choice for you.

Space is obviously going to be essential, which is why there is enough room for you, all your children and some luggage in this car! There are rows of seats which will keep everyone comfortable throughout even the longest journey!

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now have a few options when it comes to getting a new car for a growing family.

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What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip

What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip

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Throughout your life, it’s natural that you’re going to enjoy lots of different kinds of trips and vacations. Some will be city breaks, other beach vacations. Many may likely be overseas. But, there’s also one kind of trip that’s fun to take at least once in your lifetime – a road trip! Because what could be better than taking in the great outdoors and seeing a range of different places in one go? Even if you only ever go on one road trip in your life, it’s great to do it. And when you do, you’ll want to make sure that you make the most f it. The best way to do that, is to plan properly. So if you’re looking to go on a road trip, here are the things that you might need to put in place.

Insurance

The first thing that you’re going to want to do here, is make sure that you have insurance. So speak to your providers. Of course you’re going to already have some car insurance in place, but will this cover you if you travel the country? You might even need travel insurance. So make sure that you put some kind of policy in place before you head out.

A Plan

Then it’s time for you to come up with the plan of action. Sure, a road trip can be spontaneous – but it’s not realistic. So instead, you’ll want to plan your road trip so that you know where you’re going. By doing so, you can also make sure that you’re getting to see all of the locations that you want to, and that you’re making time for different activities and attractions too.

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Accommodation

At the same time, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re booking an accommodation too. It’s good to know that you have all of your stops planned out. That way, you know that you can get to sleep at night when you need to, and you won’t have to go without a bed.

Car Maintenance

The next thing you need to ensure that you cover, is any car maintenance that you need to do. It’s so important to make sure that the car is safe. So here, you’ll want to get the engine checked over. But then also, because you’re going to be in the car for a long time, it’s handy to get the interiors together. So have a good clean. Make sure that you have the right floor mats in place and adjust the seats too. That way, the car will be as ready as you are.

Necessities

And finally, you’ve then got all of the necessities that you’re going to need in the car for the journey. Here, think of things like snacks and water. Get enough to last the duration of the trip. But then also things like blankets and cushions can be god if you’re traveling for a long time. And, if you’ve got the kids with you, make sure that they have books, games, or devices to keep them entertained too.

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Build Structure to Gain Health. Tips In Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips In Action: Build Structure to Gain Health.

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Family eating their breakfast sitting at the table

What are daily traditions exactly? Traditions are important; we all have them, like going to grandma’s for this holiday, the cousin’s house for that summer cook out. So  Daily Traditions are, having something specific together ever day.

A lot of families are already doing this. And, it’s important because, having a structured daily tradition in your relationship, can help in continuing a  long and healthy marriage and family life. Not only is the mental and emotional health, benefited by this, but it’s been shown to have benefits on physical health, as well. Couples that do a participating daily tradition, are more likely to have a better sex life as well.

So, where to start a daily tradition? Try dinner or even breakfast time, to sit and socialize with one another and share your day and plans for the night, week, etc. Make a rule to disconnect. No phones, computers or devices. It maybe awkward at first, but without devices, is how we were meant to originally, communicate.

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