People from all over the world are celebrating the International Women’s Day 2015 with special attention, eulogies and encomiums paid lavishly to mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. It seems a great moment for the womenfolk as they deservedly enjoy special praises, gifts, lofty attention and a robust demonstration of love from every corner.
However, it should be said that these special demonstration of love and respect should not be limited to March 8’s global celebration alone, rather, a constant way of life that should form the culture and lifestyle of every individual who understands what it truly means to be a woman.
Our women are holding their own in every area of life. They are industrious, hard working, thorough and relentless in building a happy home. Women are running not just their households, but also businesses, corporate executive roles, finances, politics and even government appointments with supreme efficiency and above all, they are undeniably beautiful.
That said, this year’s International Women’s Day, throws another challenge to womenfolk, with the theme - Make it Happen,which has been interpreted in several ways and incites several discussions on how women can make something different happen in their homes, community or society.
One key area that women should also focus on and drive a positive transformation is healthy family and homes, which of course is a significant nucleus of a healthy nation. The rate at which families and children are infected with different kinds of diseases lays credence to the need for a modification in approach to family health.
Creating and nurturing a healthy family and nation require concerted effort from everyone, but more from the woman. International Women's Day therefore provides another opportunity for women to renew their efforts in building a healthy nation, through the families and homes. This can be achieved by nurturing the family environment into a healthy, happy and memorable experience.
Creating a healthy family begins with love, respect, and participation. It’s important for women to be mindful of their attitude and habits, as these are the attitudes and habits the children will emulate.
Here, we have highlights some of the ways women can build a healthy family, home and ultimately a healthier nation.
Women should devote time and effort to make sure love and respect exist in the home. Treat others with love, respect, and a listening ear, and your children will pick up these habits for themselves.
Instill healthy habits through sports. Sports get your kids active, socializing, and learning how to participate and follow rules. Sports can be a great way for women to get in some leisure activity as well.
Eating healthy starts with healthy grocery shopping. Make a list each week that incorporates all of the food groups, and plan meals ahead of time that use a healthy combination of foods.
Converse in the kitchen. The kitchen is also a great place to teach your children the importance of putting down that laptop, phone, or remote control and taking a break from technology. Kitchens are a great place to interact with your children, hear about their day, instill cooperation habits, and get your children participating in the healthy food choices you are setting out for them. Share at least one meal a day together to ensure that your family touches base at least once for every day of the week.
Encourage interaction. Socialization is one part of growing up that is beginning to become more difficult as technology leaches time away from real verbal and physical interactions; not just for the children, but for adult family members as well. Hosting a game during the week or one weekend day for outdoor activities such as a trip to the zoo or the beach can get both you and your kids out of the house and into more social settings.
Watch for changes in behavior. Children and adults don’t always come right out and say what’s on their minds. Setting the family down and asking each person if there’s anything particularly bothering them lately, what struggles they are currently facing, or where they could use support is a great way for women to keep tabs on the health of the entire family.
The power of laughter is a great thing to remember. Trying to insert a little bit of laughter and fun into every day is a great idea. Find the humor in every situation and try not to get bogged down in negativity. Smiles are contagious, and your own fun attitude can lift the spirits of the whole household.
Respect quiet time. An important part of every family is the need of each individual to have their own private time away from each other. As much as many people love to be together, privacy and alone time are important to each person’s feeling of individuality. We all need space and time for ourselves now and then. Realizing this and planning time for it can do wonders for creating a peaceful and grateful home environment.
Encourage arts and entertainment. Sports are important for teaching children about exercise and cooperation, but arts and music are a great way to bring well-roundedness to each family member. Art classes and music can be a wonderful introduction to other interests.
Clearly define family values. Knowing what’s really important to the family can help members make decisions that are on-par with a positive and close-knit family outlook. Making sure that values are well-known and understood can help each family member make healthy family choices.
Make time for relaxation. Down-time helps everyone relax and re-orient themselves.Constantly running around can begin to take a toll on family members. Finding time to sit and relax, read a good book, watch an educational movie together, or simply wind down with good conversation can help everyone de-stress and reinvigorate themselves.
Last Updated: 30-Jun-2016 07:39 PM
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