“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything”
This quote by Michael J. Fox says it all. Without family we are nothing. But how happy and healthy is your family?
Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all description of a happy family. Given an opportunity, we will all paint different portraits of what we believe constitutes the perfect family.
What we can all agree with, though, is happy and healthy families don’t just happen. It takes patience, effort and tact to raise such a family.
To give you a head start, we’re letting you in on 4 secrets to raising a happy and healthy family.
1. Plan for Your Family Early
The journey to raising a healthy family starts before you have one.
If you’re planning to settle down, it’s crucial to sit down with your spouse and do some family planning. How many kids, if any, do you want? When do you want to have these kids?
When you have a good idea of the size of family you want, it’s easier to make the right financial plans. For instance, you’ll be able to start a baby fund long before the baby comes. You’ll also start saving for a bigger a house if necessary.
But what if you already have a family? Worry not! The following tips will come in handy.
2. Maintain Good Work-Life Balance
Let’s face it: It costs a pretty penny to raise a family. In fact, the cost of raising a child through the age of 17 is $233,610. Make that two kids and you’re staring at half a million!
With such a figure in mind, it’s understandable why most people prioritize work over family. The bills won’t pay themselves.
To have a happy and healthy family, however, you must strive to maintain a good work-life balance. Draw a work schedule and stick to it.
With a healthy work-life balance, you’ll have enough time to spend with your family. You’ll also reduce your chances of developing work-related stress, which harms your mental health and wellbeing.
3. Go Big on Bonding Activities
As a family, you’re already bonded together by love and blood. But is this enough?
It’s important to hold family bonding activities regularly. Movie nights and weekend picnics should be a standard. Once in a while, or as often as you can afford, splurge on a family vacation. Hit the beach and play in the water, or go camping in the mountains.
Such activities help to strengthen family relationships. The more happy moments you create, the happier your family will be.
4. Don’t Skip the Doctor’s Appointments
Did you know that the illness or injury of a family member is one of life’s biggest stressors?
Yet, many Americans don’t honor doctors’ appointments. Millennials are notorious at this, with 9 out of ten failing to schedule appointments.
Regular health checkups are central to the health of your family. Don’t wait until you or another family member shows signs of illness to visit the doctor. Frequent checkups help to catch various conditions before they morph into deadly diseases.
Be sure to read more about the importance of family medicine and consider hiring a family general practitioner.
A Healthy Family Is a Happy Family
Even though Americans are having fewer babies, raising a family still remains the hallmark of adulthood. However, it’s one thing to start a family, and it’s another to raise a happy, healthy family.
Lucky for you, we’ve spilled 4 secrets to help you raise a family that’s not only happy but also healthy.
While at it, we encourage you to explore our health and lifestyle section for more insights.