More family time leads to higher self–esteem for kids, study says
(NC)—According to a recent study from the University of Oxford, parents are spending more time with their children than ever before. This is great news, since spending quality time with your children can raise their self–esteem. Here are some ways you can increase your family time and your children's self–confidence, too.
1. Family dinners. Sit down together at least three times a week for a healthy family meal. Involve your children in the preparation by assigning different tasks, like setting the table and preparing a salad.
2. Family night. Make one night each week “Family Night.” Prepare a healthy snack, take out a deck of cards and let the fun begin. Your kids will look forward to this every week.
3. Try new activities. At My Best (www.atmybest.ca), a national school–based wellness program developed by AstraZeneca Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada, believes parents play an integral role in the development of their child's emotional well being. To encourage this, At My Best has developed a variety of resources, tips and activities for parents, which can be found online. Challenge your child to a game or help your kids complete a healthy eating worksheet–there are dozens of activities to choose from.