This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

2017 has been rough, y’all. Not just for me, but for my family as a whole. We spent most of this year working on healing emotionally and regrouping after the death of my grandfather at the beginning of November 2016. One thing I noticed at the start of this year was that we were becoming more close knit. Rather than gravitating to our respective spaces, ear buds in, electronics in hand – we would spend more time together in our family room; outside in our backyard and, even taking evening walks together.

A few months into the year, I realized that it was essential that we continue to foster those ties and acknowledge the role grief had in our lives. My daughter would wake up crying at least once a week asking for my grandfather. My oldest son – who had lost his maternal grandmother the year before – was unable to focus in school and his grades were suffering. And my middle son – well, he just wanted everyone to be happy and was going overboard trying to be everything for everyone.

Back in 2016 I introduced a Healthy Habits focus to our family after a health scare. It was essential that I not only made healthier choices but let my children see me making those choices, explain to them why and get them in the habit of doing the same for themselves. In 2017, we took it up a notch and began looking for resources and tools that aligned with our focus.

Creating Healthy Habits as a Family

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program is one of them. The Boys & Girls club is committed to instilling positive health and wellness habits in the children that participate in its program. Triple Play is a program offered in partnership with the Anthem Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company. It promotes the three pillars of wellness—mind, body and soul. Triple Play, introduced in 2005, has led to over a million participants increasing their physical activities, creating better nutritional habits, improving their self-confidence and developing interpersonal skills. They offer lessons and activities that we can incorporate in our daily routines – especially during school breaks when it’s easier to get lax with physical activity.

For many families, ours included, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America assists in keeping our children motivated year-round with their fun, relaxed and at-home atmosphere. Breaks in our routines and schedules can throw our healthy habits focus off and lead to inactivity and un-healthy days. This is something I’m extremely mindful of as we get closer to the holidays. My goal is to find ways to promote and continue our healthier lifestyle that fits within our unpredictable schedule. The Triple Play Parent guide – a FREE resource on their website – provides activities, resources and information that will benefit every member of our family.

The Importance of Being Active

I highly encourage you and your family to set goals for your mind, body and soul. This will help you develop healthier habits that will help your family in all seasons of your lives – the good, the not-so-good and the in-betweens. You can, also, connect with your local Boys & Girls Club for additional programs and resources.

  • That’s a great resource! It’s so important to teach our kids to focus on all areas – mind, body, and soul (often forgotten with the little ones). I’m glad you found your family was taking time to heal together.

  • Thrill of the Chases

    There is so much wisdom here. Allowing ourselves the time needed to grieve, recover, heal and reflect is so important to wholeness. You’ve established some wonderful goals for your family too.