A healthy relationship keeps the doors and windows wide open. Plenty of air is circulating and no one feels trapped.
We all desire to have a healthy relationship filled with love, happiness, and respect. Forming that ideal relationship, though, takes time and effort. It simply does not happen overnight.
Just like in our family, different personalities and interests sometimes weaken our link. Problems at work or school add up to the stress that at times, affect our dealing with loved ones. Luckily, I would say that in our family, everyone exerts effort to make the family grow and stay strong. And I would like to share with you some efforts which become habits that help create and maintain a healthy family relationship.
Ways to maintain healthy family relationships
As much as possible, we go as a family. Simple dining out together helps us know each other better. Food choices, movie preference, even music trip reveal so much about us. Simple or complex, these revelations help us understand each other more, and from understanding comes respect. We all have our personal preference, and we see to it that we respect each other. Mutual respect shows we care about the other person, and it is essential in maintaining a healthy connection. Also, the endless adventures bond us and help us create beautiful memories. And these bonding and wonderful memories will all the more strengthen our relationship.
Jog and exercise together
On Sundays, before we hear mass, we jog or walk around the subdivision. Sometimes, we go to the nearest park so the boys could play basketball or enjoy the swing or monkey bar. I may say great discoveries happen when we play together. We not only build lifelong family memories but also get the chance to discover each other’s strengths. When we play, everything seems to lighten up as we laugh, cheer, and joke around. We feel that we belong to this family and thus fortify the tie among us.
Family mealtime is important to us. Because the boys have different school schedules, we do not eat breakfast together. We see to it though that by dinner, we are all in the same table. It is during mealtime that the kids would share their victories and struggles at school. Husband would likewise share how his day went. Even our little 18-month old boy would show his latest amusing acts. I have read once that kids who share the dining table with loved ones develop higher self-confidence. Perhaps they are assured that they have a family to talk to and run to anytime.
The same with eating together, sharing home-cooked meals create a positive effect on the children, too. Home cooking allows me to choose the ingredients to use same with the way I want the dish cooked. I could grill or bake our fish or meat as a healthier alternative to frying. I get to use the ingredients I trust and even make use of the home-grown vegetables we have at our small plant box. And one of the cooking essentials I always trust is Minola Premium Coconut Oil.
Minola Premium Coconut Oil promotes healthier relationships
One of the favorites of my boys is fried chicken. Unfortunately, though, deep frying is not exactly the healthiest cooking styles. But from readings and listening to experts, I have come to know that deep frying need not be uncool if I use the right cooking oil. And the more I love Minola Premium Coconut Oil.
Very timely that I attended a coconut information forum with Dr. Fabian Dayrit as resource speaker. I have learned that coconut oil is very high in saturated fats, and is proven to handle hours of deep frying without any change in quality. Moreover, it has numerous health benefits, making it the best choice for cooking. Just a few of these advantages are maintaining cholesterol levels, relief from kidney problems, and preventing heart diseases and high blood pressure among others. These reasons all the more make me love the cooking oil we have been using for years.
Maintaining healthy family relationships
Keeping a healthy relationship among family members has always been my goal. Thus, my husband and I allot budget on travels and parks trips. Doing things and chores together also contributes to building the foundation of healthier relationships. Add to that, ensuring the health of family members through the right selection of food ingredients and cooking essentials surely boost their immunity and well-being. These also contribute to keeping my relationship with my husband and children in tip-top shape. Maintaining healthy family relationships need not be all glamorous and expensive. Sometimes, all it takes is nourishing them physically and emotionally of our time and love.
Nothing like an honest and heart felt post about your family momi! This is one of the things that most family members take for granted and forget, most of the time, people dont realize how important it is to maintain and better family relationships. I like how you added traveling and eating together as way of doing this! Amazing photo! My family also uses minola! ❤️
Thank you. Having a healthy family relationship is beyond all the riches and money we could amass.
Excellent tips! When I was young I loved to travel with my family and friends. Eating together and socializing are too good ways to get to know your family better and to enjoy their company. Exercising together instead is a good way to teach your kids live healthy!
Thank you. May we all enjoy a healthy relationship with our loved ones.
Momi. Hehehe. So, I was reading this post, and a few things were running in my mind. Tapos I was thinking, next one is praying together, and that was after travel together. E hindi pala, it was having exercise, so I was thinking, next one is praying… no, it is eating. So sabi ko pa rin, next one is praying… AY HINDI, Minola pala. LOL.
Hahaha. Honestly, through that coconut info forum, I got to learn the health benefits of coconut oil. So Minola is included talaga to have that healthier relationship because it takes care of my family’s health din 🙂
Awww. Reminds me of our dinner together when we were young. Grabe, sometimes, we would have devotion pa before kumain tapos feeling namin ang tagal tagal na. Pero now, I really appreciate how my parents nurtured us. Now I miss them even more. Because of the nature of my job now, halos wala din ako kasabay. si Dane kasi kasabay kong kumain lagi dati. 🙁
Perhaps you could make a few adjustments and sacrifices. Now, I regularly eat breakfast with Daniel. One time kasi while Having his breakfast malungkot sya. Malungkot daw kumain mag isa. After nun, I see to it na sasabayan ko sya kumain. He usually eats breakfast at 7am. Then kapag nagising si Yael, I will again eat breakfast. Ihihi.
Travel and eating together is our favorite bonding. I get to know more of my son when we travel and eat together. It is my chance to ask questions, pag boy kasi hindi makwento unless tanungin mo.
I agree. Lalo na kapag teenager na yan. Medyo malihim na. It is a nice practice ha. To travel and eat together.
Well said! Mealtime. Definitely. In our family, we turn off the TV and gadgets during mealtime. I think it should be that way. And we have our own family traditions that we do weekly, monthly, and yearly.
I am the one who cooks food at home and I am very cautious when it comes to cooking oils kasi nga as you said, deep fried in oil is not the healthiest way of cooking. Kaya it’s good to know about Minola’s Premium Coconut cooking oil and its benefits. Mas maganda pala ang coconut oil for cooking. I will try this one the next time our current cooking oil runs out.
I agree. Do stuffs together and enjoy every moment. And the kids will surely cherish the bonding time forever.
What a lovely family! I agree with eating and traveling together. Kami ni hubby we don’t buy toys na for our kid (unless super sale or we bought from garage sale). We just want to allocate the fund for more travel memories 🙂
I really believe traveling together as a family creates unique bonding experiences and gives a whole new definition to wandering and family time 🙂 I try to practice most of the things you listed here cause despite being a working mama, I wanna make sure my hubby and son know I’m always going to have time for them and will strive to make more memories with them!
Maintaining family relationship is heart work. I agree, doing physical activities together like playing, running or in our case, baseball and volleyball with the kids (although I’m a faker, hahaha!) can do a lot of wonders>
We’ve also decided to give our kids more attention during meal times. Minsan kasi, we turn on the TV or have our phones or laptops on. Pero now, we intentionally turn off all gadgets.
I agree with all the tips mentioned. Maintaining a healthy relationship can really be achieve if everybody will cooperate. Teamwork is really a must! 🙂 And as for achieving that healthy diet, coconut really makes wonders!
It’s important to spend quality time together with the kids since they’ll hold onto it until they grow old! Let’s fill their memory banks with happy experiences like what you shared 🙂
My boys love it when I prepare dishes for them too. Minola is my cooking oil too because it’s more affordable (and I believe healthier) than other cooking oil.
I totally agree with you that nurturing family relationships need not be expensive or extravagant. My husband’s an OFW, but we make sure that we include him during meal times via FaceTime or Viber–habang kumakain kami dito, kumakain din sya doon, and we get to talk about our day. Traveling and going to theme parks and resorts, as well as watching movies together, will always be among our favorite activities though as a family.
This is really important. I grew up always eating dinner with my family, and dinnertime at home is never quiet! We debate, we sometimes bicker, but everyone can speak his mind. It’s a free nation at the dinner table!
Eating together is definitely a must.
I strongly agree, eating together really develops and strengthens communications in the family. Love your family pic there. 🙂
I love those tips! We do it and apply it at home always. Our favorite is visiting parks and jogging together and also travelling together most of the time. Me and my husband loves cooking together, it’s one of the things we really enjoy a lot…
We travel and eat together and it’s really great in bringing the family together. My husband and I used to go to the gym together but no time na because of the sched.
We have a very dynamic and modern family set-up and until my husband remains to work overseas, we will always be this way. It’s a pity that we don’t get to spend every day together so when he does come home, I make sure that we do activities together as a family. We always schedule local and international trips and I make it a point to cook for my family as well. We always try our best to have a semblance of normalcy in the family even with our on and off long distance relationship. Surprisingly, it all works just fine for us.
Love that you cook for your family and really finds time to with your husband when he is here. It surely does make your husband extra happy.
Yay! We do all these! 🙂 The traveling, I’m good even if it’s nearby because it still fosters togetherness. Eating, we do a lot even if it’s just at home. It’s very important to me that we together kahit for dinner lang.
Eating together makes a lot of difference. We have different schedules so i let the boys eat when they are done wth their homework. Now, we eat together and I have seen the improvement in our relationship.
Eating is also one of our family’s favorite ways to bond. Sometimes we cook together. Other times we go out and try new restos.
I love the cooking together practice. It excites me as well when youve mentioned you go out and try new restos. Ihihi.
My parents have raised us to love and respect family time during meals. I would do the same now that I have my own family. It’s nice to know that there are still brands valuing this.
Great tips! Our family bonding is traveling and eating together too
Such a nice practice to travel and eat together. I could imagine hearing laughter inside your car and on your dining table.
Such a nice practice to travel and eat together. I could imagine hearing laughter in your car and dining table.
These are the same things I try to do with my own family and they do work especially if every member is doing his/her part.
Your kids must be very happy having supportive and visible parents like you.
Eating together and traveling together is something our family of three does on a regular basis. What we haven’t done is to exercise together. We should include that in our list of family bonding activities, too,so that we’ll not only be closer but healthier as well.
Yes, as they say, the family that eats together stays together. Same with the family that jogs together stays fit together. Ihihi. I guess a family that does things together is more likely to stay together.
I have to agree with you when you shared that eating together is a good way of bonding with your family. I recently noticed that Bunny would prefer eating with both of us present. She would even ask her daddy to “Come, kain” when she’s seated at the table. 🙂
As usual, your Bunny is so cute. She is also very maalalahanin. inviting his father to join her eat.
I grew up being close to my family. With my kids growing up, I always make sure to spend time with them and maintain a close relationship 🙂
Such a nice practice. It will surely bring more good to your family .
I agree 100%. Like you, building memories with the ones you love are a lifetime’s treasures. I believe investing time with family is extremely important. No matter how grand or how meager- the time is more valuable than any amount of money.
I couldn’t agree more. Love it – how grand or meager 🙂
agree! Also travelling together with the kids is also a good bonding activity.
I guess, travelling nalang talaga that we get to bond with the kids. Time seems to be so short na, even 24 hours are not enough for the day with all the tasks to finish, and we can give only an hour maximum for the kids, and those are meal times usually.
Doing things together really helps make a family relationship stronger. I hope to add more activities together with my family than what we have now. The husband kasi seems to always have a world of his own. haha! I