The Oliveras Family: Cristina Martinez-Oliveras, husband, Ricky Oliveras, daughter, Alexis and son, Carlos. Not pictured, son, Ivan Quinones
There are many ways in which to shape a family’s physical, mental and social well-being. Our Health Matters asked several local families to share what keeps their family focused on what matters and what inspires them to keep moving forward during challenges.
By Cristina Martinez-Oliveras
Zillow Home Loans
What healthy lifestyle routines have you adopted?
Maintaining health takes time and commitment. It is not easy but it is possible when your family is on board with the same mission. My husband and I are very intentional in what we teach our children about eating healthy and staying active. We choose to drink water and less of sugary beverages; we retire early to get a good amount of sleep; we take walks together, dance, play volleyball and attend many of our daughter’s soccer games. So, we are pretty active.
Name something that is preparing your child to thrive in this chaotic world.
RESPONSIBILITY. Teaching my children to be responsible helps them learn to be accountable in every area of their life. They understand the importance of performing well in school and being committed to their sports practices.
SUPPORT. Our kids have our full support. We encourage them to never give up, to be confident and put forth their complete effort in everything they do.
What are some family values you’ve taught and upheld as most important to you and your family?
Keep family first and stay true to who we are. We believe in staying in touch with family even if it means attending a cousin’s soccer game or recitals. We support and cheer on all of our extended family. Family vacations are big events, we travel as a herd. We are a proud Catholic Mexican family and have a lot of traditions. We respect and enjoy learning about other cultures as well.
How do you encourage positive family interaction?
We are not perfect, but we take opportunities to learn. Communication is key, and we encourage our children to be open and honest with us. Even if we may not agree, they will always have our attention and love.