Whew. I’ve had a crazy week. On Thursday evening I went into what I’m learning is most likely prodromal labor – where you have real, consistent contractions that never lead to active labor. I’ve been instructed to load up on water and rest and I’ve been taking these instructions very seriously. (As a note, everyone is perfectly healthy!)
Luckily, the blog doesn’t need to rest with me. We have our first C+C guest post to entertain you while I rest up and chug down! It’s fitting that the post just happens to be about family and health. I’ll let Cassie take it from here!
As a parent, the well-being of your family rests on your shoulders. You’re responsible for everything from snacks and bedtime to managing finances and instilling good values in your kids. Keeping your family happy and healthy can be the hardest and scariest parts of parenting. Luckily, there are lots of time-saving, healthy tips you can use to make sure your loved ones always feel their best.
Here are six simple tricks to make your family feel fantastic.
Making sure your family gets plenty of exercise can be a difficult proposition. Luckily, technology has made it easy to encourage your kids to get more exercise even when they don’t realize it. Most health experts recommend that children get at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity every day.
Apps such as NFL Play 60 make it fun for kids to get plenty of exercise. Kids use the app to play interactive games that require them to run and jump to earn points and win the game. As they continue to play the game, they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realize it’s good for them.
We use this app at my house on cold or rainy days. The kids still get their daily exercise in, but don’t even realize it. They think they’re just getting extra screen time. It’s a total win-win.
The battle over healthy eating can be frustrating for children and parents alike. One way to make sure kids are getting enough healthy foods in their diets is to serve them in ways they might not expect.
The book “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld is filled with recipes kids love. The catch? Nearly all of the recipes have hidden vegetables in them, such as pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. Creating meals from these recipes will eliminate dinnertime squabbles since kids will be eating foods they love, and you’ll know they are getting plenty of the nutrients that are good for them.
Picking Up the House
No one wants to be constantly nagging family members about picking up items left around the house. Instead of a chore, turn picking up and putting away into a game. Check the house for items that need to be picked up and create a scavenger hunt for everyone to participate. Assign each person items to locate and pick up. Once all the required items are found and put away, the house will be picked up, and the kids will feel like they won a game rather than being forced to help around the house. Everybody wins.
Getting Plenty of Sleep
Bedtime is another daily event that can be a constant struggle between parents and kids, making everyone frustrated and cranky. A good bedtime ritual, though, can ease kids into their nightly routine and take much of the power struggle out of bedtime. A routine that remains the same every night will calm children and make them relax into sleep more easily.
At my house, we start by cleaning up after dinner and then getting into pajamas. Next, we get everything ready for the next morning. Then we head to the bathroom for teeth brushing and face washing. Finally, everyone gets to choose one story that we read together. Now we all know what to expect at bedtime and everyone is getting more sleep.
Keeping track of an entire family’s schedule is almost a full-time job by itself. An app like Cozi is the answer to every busy family’s need to stay organized. The app puts everyone’s appointments in one place and includes auxiliary functions such as grocery and chore lists. After using it for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Best of all, since most of us access the internet from an array of different devices every day, Cozi can be used on any mobile device or your desktop computer. If you’re concerned about storing your family’s schedule on a mobile device, you should consider using a Virtual Private Network when accessing the information to ensure it remains private.
Drinking enough water is an important habit for everyone, adults and kids alike. Ensuring your family is drinking plenty of water can be difficult, but there are lots of ways to make it more fun. For kids, you can try using drinking glasses in funny shapes or with their favorite characters on them. You can also try silly straws or ice cubes in fun shapes. Ice cubes made with frozen fruit make for a nice treat after the water is finished and the ice has melted.
Keeping a family healthy and feeling great is no small task. Try adding a few of these tricks to your daily routine, and you’ll be surprised by the results. Your entire family will be feeling more fantastic than ever in no time at all.
About the Author: Cassie is a health enthusiast and a mother of four. As a freelance writer and a busy mom, she is a champion at keeping her family healthy and happy, and she loves sharing what she’s learned with other busy moms.