Overall family health, including weight, can be controlled by managing family dynamics. Throughout the family from when children are very young, to when they are teenagers, how the family interacts is important. The daily family dynamics set the tone for life and is an important aspect in weight management as a family. How a family handles, stress, makes daily meals, and incorporates physical fitness will play an integral role in the family’s ability to manage weight. Families are a strong unit that working together can complete any fitness or weight goals family members might have.
From a very young age children learn how to handle stress based on how their parents handle stress. A family who handles stress in a positive manner may go for walks, play board games or talk about their problems. These are just a few positive ways to affect stress management for the whole family. Families that struggle to manage stress may isolate, yell or turn to food as a comfort during high stress times. It is important to build positive stress handling techniques for your family as the children are young, so they grow up to feel more in control of situations that can feel very out of control. Talking as a family about relaxation techniques is another way to build a positive family dynamic for dealing with difficult situations.
Food is a necessity for all individuals and how your family handles daily meals can play a large role in your eating habits as an adult. Families who purchase large amounts of junk food and make it readily available to the children can have a difficult time managing out of control weight issues in their children. Healthy daily meal habits are easy to start no matter what age your children are. First, decide what you can reasonable handle with the daily schedules of all family members. If you can only commit to a couple meals together each week, start there. Then sit down as a family and plan those special meals, spending special attention on nutrition and allowing everyone the chance to make choices in the food that will be prepared. On family dinner nights, work as a team to make the meals so everyone feels invested in the meal. Taking time out for family meals is a great way to relieve stress and build a positive family dynamic.
You don’t need to take your family on daily three miles hikes in order to be fitness conscious. Some of the most physically fit families do not spend a single moment running on a treadmill, or doing boring walks. Incorporate things your family likes to do. Playing sports like soccer, volleyball or tennis is a good way to be active and involve the whole family. Take a day at the local swimming pool to play around and just have fun. Physical fitness as a family is about doing things together that are active and healthy. You do not need a gym membership or any high tech fitness equipment to have a physically fit family. Make exercise and fitness a part of daily living and your whole family will see the benefits.
Incorporating stress management, healthy meals, and physical fitness can help improve the family dynamics for any family. Additional time together doing healthy activities is a great way to improve positive communication and build a positive family dynamic. Working together as a family to build a positive family dynamic will positively influence any weight changes your family needs to make. Make sure to keep everyone interested in the activities and work together to plan meals that each member can feel invested in.