There’s so much we want for our families: good health, great minds, strong faith. While we can’t control everything our family members are exposed to in the world around them, we can make our homes a haven for what we value. By creating the right kind of environment, we can set our kids up to succeed.
1. Eating Healthy
Our busy schedules sometimes can corner us into making bad food choices—for ourselves and our kids. But by doing some planning and smart shopping, you can surround your family with better food options. If junk food never comes into your home, nobody will eat junk food at your house. So fill the pantry and fridge with nutritious snacks, like yogurt, cheese, nuts, fruit, granola, air-popped popcorn. Your kids will always be reaching for something better.
2. Getting Active
Active parents have active kids. Do you plop down on the sofa at the end of the day? Or do you invite the kids into the yard for a few minutes of whiffle ball? Maybe you grab the leash and take the dog for a walk. Staying active isn’t just a matter of bettering your own health. It’s training your kids to have a healthier lifestyle.
3. Limiting Media Consumption
If you spend your downtime watching TV, surfing the Internet, or staring at your smartphone, you train your children to do that, too. Why not clear the table after dinner and play a board game or work on a puzzle? Visit the library and let everyone pick out a good book. You can even find a classic to read aloud together. Set a good example by turning off the TV after the show you meant to watch is over. You may be amazed by how relaxing a house is when it’s not bathed by the constant noise of the TV.
4. Exploring and Practicing Faithstudy and prayer? Maybe a family devotional series could help you all get on track with growing your faith together. Prioritize seeking God by attending church and studying together. Making your home a place where it’s safe to talk about and pursue God will train your children to view faith as an essential part of life.
5. Being Neat and Organized
Training your children to be neat and organized means bringing them up in a neat, orderly environment and teaching them to maintain it. By getting your own act together with home organization and cleaning, you can better train the kids to pitch in and make the system work, ultimately enabling them to set up their own well-run homes one day.
What are some other good habits to model for our kids?