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Be Present Tip:

Studies show that multitasking, especially when you’re feeling emotional or preoccupied with something else, decreases the brains ability to process the task at hand and may lead to frustration. So today, try focusing on one task at a time. Fold the laundry and notice the smell and warmth of the clothes or even a bit of static cling. Observe the color and shape of the clothing, and the pattern made by the creases. Try a restful activity like watching TV or reading without checking your texts or taking a call. Maybe as you play with or read to your kids, kiss them goodnight and tuck them in - you will spend the whole time with them instead of thinking about a million other things. 

Healthy, happy families begin with a commitment to strengthen and support each person and relationship within the home. Each person in the family can bring something positive to the table and a lot of responsibility falls on parents to be role models of health and positive habits. Here are five ways to help your family onto a path of health and wellbeing.

Here are some quick suggestions to keep your family well:

  • Support your partner.

It's important to have someone to help you when you need it and share in the joys of your family. Significant others, close friends and extended family members are important to the success of a family. Grow with each other by recognizing any weaknesses or strengths. Let them know how important they are to the family.

  • Expose your children to their community.

Within your community is a wealth of history and information. By going to inspiring places, you increase your child's social perspective and their personal knowledge of life. This could be as simple as going for a walk with your children while you catch up on the day and talk about what you see.

  • Create healthy habits.

Healthy eating habits insure healthy minds and bodies, so it is important to provide nutritional meals to your family on a daily basis. Drink enough water each day to keep your body and mind running smoothly. Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body weight and sustain a high level of energy.

  • Keep lines of communication open and honest.

If there is a problem that needs to be addressed, be open and available to discuss the matter. Allow your children and partner to talk to you about issues, even about topics that may make you uncomfortable. It's okay to take time to think about a response but let the people involved know that you are coming back to the topic soon. Set a specific time you can come back to issues and make sure everyone can practice active listening skills.

  • Pamper yourself!

Take the time for yourself, whether that means leaving the house or not. Hire a baby-sitter, spend quiet time alone to reflect on your needs, read a book, do a puzzle, or spend a day at the park. Create ways to unwind and enjoy life.

Online Resources

Greater Good- University of California, Berkeley provides you the most up to date scientific research on many aspects of wellbeing and helps you to apply this research to your personal life. They are dedicated to discovering and sharing the science for a meaningful life.

Focus on the Family- This site is dedicated to strengthening families by providing tools and information about parenting, marriage and other social issues.

Search Institute- A nonprofit organization that conducts applied scientific research on positive child and adolescent development to strengthen and deepen the scientific foundations of the developmental assets framework. It also provides publications, consulting, and other practical tools to youth, parents, and their communities.