Creating a happy family in today’s fast-paced world takes thought and intention. Here are five tips to help make it happen.
Hey! The month of July has me crisscrossing the country, from a road trip to Chicago to a plane ride “home” to Oregon. While I’m away, I’ve lined up some awesome guest posts for y’all. Today, Debbie is sharing tips to building a stronger, happier family.
How can you create a loving, happy family and enjoy a meaningful life together?
Happy families take the time to create positive habits and incorporate them into their daily lives. Here are five daily habits that are simple to implement and help create strong relationships.
1. Hug and kiss goodbye when you are leaving the house.
Take a quick moment to give and receive affection. Hugging your children helps them relax and deal with daily stress better. The power of touch helps build strong family bonds. This strong bond helps your child grow into a confident adult.
2. Greet family members when they return home.
This makes them feel valued and welcome when they return and can lead to better connections between family members.
3. Ensure that you eat at the dinner table as a family as much as possible.
If you are unable to commit to dinner, try a fixed time each week for Sunday brunch or dessert on a Friday evening. Pay attention to each other. Turn off the technology and come prepared to share your thoughts and feelings.
One way to engage every member at the table is to ask questions. We have a family dinner questions jar. Inside the jar are questions on pieces of paper. They are conversation starters such as “What is your earliest childhood memory?”, “What superpower would you most like to have and why?”, “What is the best thing about being ___ years old?” and “If you could have any animal as a pet, which animal would you choose?”.
4. Create a bedtime ritual with each child.
Spend time reading and talking together. Be available to your child in order to connect and build a meaningful relationship. Children will love the one-on-one attention and may be more willing to talk and hug as it is dark and quiet which helps them feel relaxed and there is no competition among siblings for your attention.
5. Enjoy time together as a couple.
Your relationship is the foundation of a happy family. You are modeling a successful relationship for your children. Make sure you show affection to one another and spend time talking with your husband about his day and vice versa.
What are some daily habits that you enjoy in your home?
Debbie is the blogger behind Simple Joys of Home. She is wife to a wonderful husband, mom of two beautiful girls, tea lover, bibliophile, baking enthusiast, romantic comedy lover, crafter and homemaker taking pleasure in the simple joys of home and life. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.