This is a sponsored post on behalf of The National Milk Life Campaign’s Back-to-School program.
In this three-part series I’ve talked a lot about health: 4 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Milk and my healthy eating philosophy along with a day of meals and snacks in our family. Today is going to be a tad different. I want to remind you that health is not only what food you put in your body and how often you exercise, it’s a lifestyle that contributes to your whole well-being. Your mind, body and soul are all important parts that need to be healthy.
With my five kids, comes a busy schedule. A busy schedule can cause important things to fall to the wayside: like family time, but family time is so important! I believe family time can contribute to all of the three parts I mentioned: mind, body and soul. Here’s how we make time for group, sibling and one-on-one time as a large family.
- Play: I regularly turn screen time off for the day and tell the kids to go outside and play. They get some fun time with siblings and much needed exercise and fresh air!
- Sports. Since we have five kids all close in age, several of them play on the same team. Sometimes we have the younger ones play up in age so they can be on the same team as their siblings. This allows the kids to work on teamwork, have fun together, exercise and build deeper relationships. But that also means we have less practices and games and more time together! The practices and games that they do have- they do together!
- Dates! We have what we call “dates” and it’s something we started since having five kids. One-on-one time is important for children of large families. Every few weeks, one of the children gets to go with mom or dad on an outing of their choice. I went to a movie with my oldest son and dad recently went to a hockey game with another! I cannot stress enough how important this is.
- Chores. We purposefully pair our kids up to do certain chores. It’s fun to hear the conversations they have together when folding the clothes. Sometimes we do chores as a family- like raking leaves! This not only shows them hard work, but that work can be fun too, when you’re doing it with family. And plus, yard work is great exercise!
- Time in the kitchen. Sometimes I ask one of the kids to come help me make dinner or help me bake cookies. They are almost always willing to help. We get some one-on-one time and they learn about measurements, cooking, and healthy eating.
- Eat together. We are lucky in the fact that we usually never have a problem or conflict eating dinner together around the table. Once in awhile the kids will have practice, but we still eat together even if that means having dinner at 7:30! Everyone pitches in to set the table, get drinks and clean up. Everyone talks and laughs and it’s one of my favorite times.
- Bedtime routine. Routine is important for kids. A bedtime routine helps with a good night’s rest. We always come together as a family to talk and then pray before bedtime. Then, my husband and I go to each child and tuck them in. This is also a time when the kids can talk about how they are feeling or if something is bothering them. If you are trying to spend more time with family and don’t already do this, I recommend starting with a bedtime routine.
How do you provide an overall healthy lifestyle for your family? Respond in the comments below and I will choose one winner to receive a gift card worth the amount of a month’s supply of milk!