Forget New Year’s resolutions, summer is the perfect time to make healthy goals with your family. Here are some great ideas to grow closer as a family this summer!

Schedule Weekly Family Time

Whether it’s a recurring game night, movie night, or another fun ritual, scheduling weekly family time can be a great way to bring your family closer together. Choose an activity you’ll want to do every week or just keep a night of the week open and let a different family member choose the activity.

Volunteer as a Family

Teach the whole family the personal fulfillment that comes with volunteering. The trick is to choose a volunteer activity that matches your lifestyle and commit to doing it together.

Choose a Shared Hobby

Learn a new language, try your hand at knitting, or choose from countless other fun hobbies that the whole family can enjoy together. You’ll make great memories and strengthen your family bond!

Prepare Your Own Healthy Meals

Eating healthy is always a great goal, and getting the whole family involved in the preparation process is a perfect way to encourage healthy eating habits.

Promote Positive Thinking

Make a commitment to get rid of those repeating negative thoughts and start thinking more positively. We’ve always found that positive thinking is contagious, so it will be easier if the whole family is involved.

Go Green!

Even if your family already recycles, there are plenty of ways to do your part to help the environment. Start riding your bikes more, using less electricity, or taking shorter showers.

Spend More Time Outside

Oregon summers are beautiful, so you should have no problem finding ways to spend time outside, especially when the weather is sunny.

Start a Family Book Club

Build reading comprehension and develop empathy by starting a family book club. Take turns choosing books the whole family might enjoy, and cook a fun dinner or order out on the night you discuss what you read.

Explore Your Home State

Woodburn Pediatric patients in Oregon have plenty of fun activities and history to explore. We even have a blog post that covers the child-friendly history of Oregon to help get you started.

Come Up With An Emergency Plan

While this suggestion might not be as exciting as some of the others, it’s important to have an emergency plan in place for your family in case of a fire, earthquake, bad weather, or any other type of disaster. Make 2018 the year you help your family get prepared.

Remember, one of the best ways to keep your kids healthy and happy is by taking advantage of the many services we offer a Woodburn, including general pediatrics, mental health, pediatric nutrition, and more!