According to experts, happy families are all alike and share certain basic characteristics. Rootology suggests a few foundations that are key to a loving, cheerful home according to Reader's Digest and Oprah below:
Make room for fun
While it’s good to encourage your children’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities, too much emphasis on them can create tension and anxiety. Make time for activities that have no purpose other than to allow family members to enjoy spending time together. Play games, plot surprise parties, take long walks, explore a cave, plant a garden, or cook.
Take a run or a bike ride to a local park with your child. At the park, you can take time to relax while your child plays in the sandbox or on the seesaw. This kind of outing allows parents to model healthy behavior, get exercise, and spend time with their kids.
Quench cravings with water
Thirst and hunger both originate in the hypothalamus and are sometimes hard to differentiate from each other. So offer your kids a glass of water before you give them a snack. If they don't like plain water, toss slices of fruit or vegetables into a carafe of filtered water for a healthier alternative to sugary beverages.
This is another way to get kids interested in healthy foods. While you’re whipping up dinner with your children you are encouraging healthy eating habits as well as teaching cooking, measurement, teamwork, and improvisational skills. Also, kids who help makes meals are more likely to eat them.
Reward good behavior
It’s important to reinforce your child’s good behavior. But there’s no need to be extravagant. A trip to the humane shelter, a visit to the zoo, a movie and popcorn, or a slightly later bedtime can be good motivators.