Your Comprehensive Guide to Managing Your Family's Health




Keeping a whole family healthy is by no means easy. As the kids are getting all sorts of childhood illnesses, you're starting to feel the aches and pains of getting older. And that's without taking into account your own parents, who are aging even more than you are. Everyone's health is important. And it's not just your children's health you should worry about. Healthy parents are better able to look after their kids. So it's essential not to neglect your own health. Like the airplane metaphor says, you should put on your own mask before you help your children. Encourage a healthier family by doing the things in this guide.
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It's Not All Down to You

One of the important things to remember is that it's not just mom's responsibility to keep the family healthy. Even if you're a single mother, there are other people to help you out. In fact, the whole of society plays a role in bringing up kids with healthy habits. If there is another parent in the picture, they should take part too. You should share the burden of doctor's appointments, tooth brushing supervision, and illness care. Other family members or even friends might help with this too. There are also organizations such as schools that will promote healthy habits too. Any medical professionals you see will teach your kids how to look after themselves as well.








Find Family-friendly Medical Providers



Not all medical providers are best suited for families. You might find that it's difficult to take your toddler with you when you have a doctor's appointment. Or perhaps your dentist isn't particularly child-friendly. Choosing a provider that works for the whole family can make things a lot easier. You can always go to the same place for your needs, and the staff might begin to get to know you. For example, at Rutherford County Family & Children’s Dentistry, the focus is on a family feeling to provide individual care. A family practice will increase your chances of having treatment that feels more personal.



Promote Healthy Eating at Home
Eating healthily is one of the most important ways to stay healthy, and it should start at home. If you instill healthy eating habits into your family at home, they will take them outside of the house too. You should make sure you're encouraging a balanced diet in a relaxed way. Try to focus on health and not body image. It's ok to have a treat now and then! Some of the behaviors you can encourage include reasonable portion sizes, healthy snacks, and no sugary drinks. These rules should go for the adults, as well as the children! Lead by example and it will be easier for your kids to follow. Eat together too, so that mealtimes are social times.



Be Active Together

As well as eating together, you should be active as a family too. It's always good to spend some of your family time getting out and about. Go into the backyard to run around, or take your bikes out for a ride. You could also go for a walk, find your nearest pool, or even go running as a family. It can be a little harder to be active on a rainy day. Indoor play areas are excellent for kids, but not so much for adults. And gyms have the opposite problem. But there's still plenty you can do to get active indoors. There are lots of games you can play at home to keep your minds and bodies occupied. If you're not sure, try out a video console like a Nintendo Wii or a Xbox with Kinect.
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About Leilani Gamboa

Lai is mommy to two boys. A breastfeeding advocate, a part time blogger, and works as Virtual Assistant since 2013. Coffeeholic, make-up enthusiast, planner junkie.
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