How Can I Secure a Brighter Future For My Family?
While our children don’t stay small forever, we will always be parents until the day we die- and of course we want to make sure we can be there for our family. Here are just a few of the ways you can put yourself in the best position to be there for the ones you love, both now and in the future.
Look after your health
As parents, our children’s health is of the utmost importance to us. We feed them healthy food, make sure they have plenty of activity and exercise and are strict with bedtime because we know how crucial it is that they get a good night’s sleep. However, many of us aren’t as kind to ourselves. Obviously as parent’s we’re busy, there are a lot of late nights and early mornings involved. Sometimes lunch is grabbing something convenient and our main form of exercise is chasing our children around. While you’ll never be able to be perfect, it’s important that you take your own health as seriously as you take your child’s. Cook healthy, homemade dinners for the family instead of feeding kids and adults separately. Run around with your child at the park, make time for relaxation if you can. If a loved one offers to babysit for a few hours, use this time to pamper yourself, enjoy a hot back and just unwind- you’ll feel so much better for it. Attend all of your doctor’s checkups and generally just look after yourself. That way, you give yourself the best chance of being around for your children, and even grandchildren later on. In the here and now you have more energy and can be the best parent you can possibly be.
Protect yourself financially
None of us know what’s around the corner, but when you have some money in the bank you can stop a bad situation from becoming much worse. For example, if you were to lose your job then having savings in place will stop you from getting behind with bills or losing your house. You might get made redundant, develop an illness where you can’t work or get injured. If this were to happen and it was the fault of someone else, a good law firm like Tittle & Perlmuter will get you the compensation you’re owed, however it’s no bad thing to have a financial buffer in place in case you need it. Other ways you can future proof your finances is by saving for your child. If you put away a small amount each week, by the time they’re twenty one they should have a good chunk of cash that can be used for things like a house deposit. Getting onto the property ladder for the first time in young adulthood is incredibly difficult, saving for them now helps to give them a fighting chance of a secure financial future when they’re older.
Make time for each other
Finally, to keep bonds close in the family you have to maintain them. When children grow into teens it’s natural for them to want more of their own space, so you will probably have to make a bit more effort. Making sure everyone eats together a few times a week is one way to go about this, and it has proven benefits too. Research has shown that families who eat together five or more times a week are less likely to experience obesity issues, teenage pregnancy and drug use. This likely comes down to the fact that families who eat together tend to be closer, and if your children are experiencing peer pressure they can speak about it to their parents instead of being influenced by it. Aim to make memories together, family vacations don’t need to be expensive- a few days camping for example would get you all together to have fun without spending much. Be open to listening to your children’s problems and let them know they can speak to you about anything. Keeping the family close now means you’re likely to stay closer throughout their lives, even later on when they fly the nest.