The pandemic has presented challenges for everyone. Read our five useful tips for ways to boost your family's well-being.
1. Dine Together
Making time to sit down to a family meal yields countless benefits. Eating together as a family can boost self-esteem, decrease depression, lower stress, improve family connections, and more. To make the most of mealtime, select a “question of the day.” For example, ask your child to name the best part of their day and discuss their responses.
2. Get Real
Although Facebook or Instagram feeds might suggest otherwise, all families are imperfect. Everyone makes mistakes, has tough days, and experiences hard times. Be candid and communicate openly with your family. This creates an opportunity to encourage and empower each other and develop productive ways to deal with emotions.
3. Schedule 1:1 Time
Family togetherness is vital. So is nurturing individual relationships. Carve out one-on-one time to spend with your child. This can make children feel important, provide a sense of security, and give them a chance to talk openly. Consider reading, cooking, or doing a project together.
4. Focus on Fun
Embracing fun as a family creates a sense of belonging, promotes effective communication, and builds lifelong memories. Choose activities the whole family enjoys, like taking a walk, playing a board game, volunteering, or doing a craft.
5. Champion Small Moments
Birthdays and holidays get much attention, but small moments of connection often mean the most. Leave an encouraging note or silly drawing in your child’s lunch box. Surprise your partner with a lunch date or spend an afternoon coloring with your little one. Such gestures build feelings of self-worth while expressing love.