Family is everything

Ask anyone what the most important thing in their life is, and their answer will most likely be family.

There’s no doubt about it – our families and their happiness is everything. But, life is busy. And sometimes, that busyness can cause us to lose track of our priorities – even if it involves the things we consider to be most important.

Children are happy when their parents are happy

The importance of a ‘happy family’ increases ten-fold if children are involved. And naturally, so does the stress, the pressure and the overall busyness!

How do we keep things ‘happy’ in the everyday chaos of nappy-changing, toddler tantrums, school stuff and teenage-dom?

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Here are five simple habits of happy families:

1. Take time to play

Try to give your kids and your partner 10 minutes of pure, undivided attention each day. Talk to them, play with them or just ‘be’ without any interruptions

In other words, put down your phone and pay attention to your family…

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2. Eat well

“You are what you eat” – and, your children are, too.

Children need fuel to grow, to play and most importantly, to learn. So, it’s no surprise that children who eat better, are happier and tend to perform better at school. This is because they have enough energy (the good kind) to focus during school hours and complete homework once at home.

3. Sleep well

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your energy levels, mood and overall health. But, many of us sacrifice a good night’s sleep to catch up on work, our favourite series or our social media feeds. In order to get a good night’s sleep, you have to want to get a good night’s sleep – which means turning off the TV, saying ‘no’ to catching up on extra work and putting down your phone!

Set appropriate bedtimes for yourself and your kids – especially during the week – and use weekends to catch up on late-night movies!

4. Manage your time

We all know that the key to reducing stress is time management. As our kids juggle schoolwork, homework, exams, extra-murals and peer pressure, they can also benefit from learning to manage their time well.

Teach them to focus on the important things, and say ‘no’ to things that don’t fill their cup. And, make sure you do the same!

5. Encourage your kids to be involved in a range of activities

Getting involved in physical and outdoor activities (whether at school or at a club) is a great way to learn new things, boost confidence and stay balanced! Likewise for you and your partner – interests outside of work and being a parent will help you keep a fresh perspective on life!