As you know, a big interest of mine is getting my family to spend time together in healthy ways. Spending family time together is one of the most important steps to creating a healthy emotional life for your kids. A great way to do this is to have a family day. The workweek can be stressful with the kids in school and you and the hubby working to make ends meet. But set apart one day of the week that the whole family will spend as a unit. Get out your cash back reward cards (read about these deals in Chase Sapphire preferred review), buy some lunchables, and make this day symbolic, as in eat healthy and plan fun, interesting activities. Here are some ideas:
Have a picnic in the park. And I don’t mean finding a hot dog vendor at the park and then sitting down next to him and eating. I mean doing it right – blanket, basket and all. Maybe bring some binoculars so you can birdwatch, or bring a frisbee and get some exercise. Make sure you’re eating healthy though. Cheese and crackers or some tuna fish salad, juice, and fruit sound good to me. If you’ve got a dog, he or she will love the idea of a day in the park, and so should your kids.
Go to a natural history museum. Your kids may protest at first, but once they start seeing giant mammoths and saber tooth tigers they’ll change their tune. Natural history museums are a great way to learn about the history of the Earth we live on and many of the exhibits will fire up your kids’ imaginations too. Also, many museums offer family discounts AND they often have courtyards where you can have a picnic for lunch.
Return to the great outdoors. Go for a hike, go river rafting, go fishing—just get out into nature and enjoy the scenery as a family. Again, your kids may protest spending the day away from their DS gadgets and cell phones, but the sight of freshly glowing rivers, towering mountains, and the smell of fresh air should calm their minds. In many ways, nature is its very own natural history museum, except the animals and bugs are alive and the sunshine is plentiful. And, once again, here’s an excellent opportunity for a picnic. I know, I’m a little picnic-crazy right now.
I just listed three ways your family can spend the day together, engaging in healthy, fun activities. There are countless more, and that’s where you have to get creative. Only you know your family’s likes and dislikes. The important thing is to spend quality family time together.
“This is a guest post provided by Becky W.”