Do you have your share of lousy family habits? The issue of lousy family habits is not restricted to a particular race or religion. Everyone all over the world recognizes that their family does something they could definitely do without.
In this fast-paced world, everyone wants to develop good habits in their children. They want the kids to grow up only mirroring the good practices the family follows. However, this change won't happen overnight. Everyone in the family must contribute to make it happen.
Habits are repeated actions that people learn to do in a given situation. Whenever the condition occurs, the action happens. While you cannot control situations from happening, you are definitely in control of how you react to it.
Remember that children can easily pick up and follow bad habits. Soon, they will mimic everyone's overall health and lifestyle. The sooner that you acknowledge these bad habits, the easier it will be for you to change it.
However, be warned that these habits cannot be changed overnight. You have to give yourself and the rest of the family some time. With a bit of effort and a lot of time, you will see significant transformations in everyone.
How do you get rid of bad habits? Here are the top four scenarios and the best practices you can integrate into your day to day routines.
Bad Habit: Everything is everywhere in the house. There is no order to things. The kitchen sink is stained, dirty clothes never found themselves in the hamper. The rugs are dusty, and the air in the house is musty. The worst part of having a messy house is that it makes you feel like you don't have the space to eat or rest. Everything is just filthy. A home should be a place where you can relax and feel at ease. But if you fail to keep the house clean, you teach your kids that it's okay to live like this.
Good Habit: Get those cleaning materials out and get the rest of the family together. Make cleaning an exciting activity for everyone. When you let your husband and your kids join in the cleaning, they will see the value of hard work that it requires. More than being a family bonding time, it will be a learning experience for everyone. It is like giving them a gentle reminder that they need to do their share to keep the house clean. Good cleaning habits for children, especially if they are young, can include helping unload the dishwasher, putting their clothes in the hamper, and watering the garden.
Bad Habit: Whenever it seems like your day is full of activities, it creates no space or time to engage in regular workout routines. But even when there is an opportunity, and you choose not to exercise, you are subtly telling your kids that their health is not as important as watching the news or drinking coffee. Parents who do not exercise are leading their kids to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Good Habit: Get everyone up and about for regular exercise at home. There are so many exercise videos available online that everyone in the family could do together. Breaking in the habit of exercise can be difficult, but it will be worth it. Find the time to exercise with the whole family. Parents should set a good example. Make time for workouts, and soon, you will see your children working out too, even without you telling them to.
Bad Habit: Families of this modern generation rarely eat together. Instead of coming home to a homecooked meal, dinners have been replaced with fast food or ready-to-cook meals. Dining room conversations used to fill the house, each one talking about what happened to them during the day. Today, there are no conversations because the sound of the television or their cell phone can be heard. Families have lost their warmth and charm.
Good Habit: Take charge of mealtimes and be stern about it. If your work schedule does not make it possible to have dinner every day, make time for family dinner at least once or twice a week. Make the dining space cozy for everyone. The goal is to get everyone to talk about how their day went. It'sIt's the perfect recipe for a good family dinner.
Bad Habit: Every family has a member who has a problem with money. When the mom or the dad gives in to what the kids want whenever they want it, parents end up teaching their kids poor financial habits, in addition to a lack of patience. If the family is not careful about the amount of money they spend, they will end up with no savings to use on a rainy day.
Good Habit: Keep a close check on how much allowance you give your kids. Remember that they need to learn the value of money and the hard work you put into earning it so that they know not to spend so much. Keep track of your other expenses in the family too. Teach the kids to save whenever they can, in money and other valuables. For example, they need to learn to turn off the lights when not in use. Involve everyone in the family when it comes to setting the budget. This will ensure that everyone knows they have a share in the savings that the family can set aside.
Breaking a bad habit won't be easy. It won't be a walk in the park. But with determination and passion, you can make a change in your life. The bad habits in the family don't need to be passed on. It'sIt's not a legacy you want your children to keep for life.
Instead, take the time to work on changing these habits. You will see how beneficial it is for you and your children. Teaching them good habits will genuinely benefit the family in more ways than you can imagine.
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