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Fun Ways to Explore Some New Family Options

By Sandy Schroeder

As the year winds down, many of us bounce back and forth from the immediate holiday scene to thoughts about the coming year. Inevitably, a few resolutions take shape. Sometimes those resolutions actually stick, sometimes not. Turning them into specific options about everyday stuff might help us hang onto a few of them.

Here are some options for you to consider.

More Family Meals – Try to sit down with your family for at least one additional family meal each week. One of my favorite television shows ends almost every episode with a family meal. Everyone is there, and the table is brimming with platters of food. As they pass the dishes around the table, they trade comments about the week. It’s obvious it is a special time. Every family can benefit from that kind of connection.

More Fruits and Vegetables – Try to squeeze at least one extra serving of vegetables and fruits into the daily menu. Meeting the goal of five servings a day can be a stretch. But tucking fruit into backpacks or totes, using vegetables and nuts as snacks, making fruits into desserts, and using fruit as a topping for cereal, helps. Morning eggs can easily become veggie omelets, too.

Activity ChoicesAdd at least one more way to be active each week with the family. Do some brainstorming with your kids to find out what parks, beaches or bicycle paths they might like to explore.  Or maybe they would like to take a class in photography, graphics or cooking. If you can, sign up together. Or include your kids in a part of your workout, biking, walking or hiking. Time spent on the courts, in a bookstore, or at an art museum can lead to more outings. Just keep looking for good options.

Electronics-Free Zones – This will probably be met with resistance, but making the dinner table and bedrooms electronics-free zones can change the whole flow of things. Real conversations and debates may suddenly spring up at dinner, and better sleep is a given when you take the electronics out of bedrooms.

Free PlayLeave room for open time, where everyone gets to do whatever they want. In our culture, it is all too easy to fill up every moment. But open space can be amazing when the mind roams free and imagination has room to stretch a little. Be prepared to be relaxed, and pleased. 

Take your pick of options and enjoy your choices.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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