How to Raise a Happy Family
How happy would you say your family life is? Are you content or do you find yourself wishing that you had more time to spend with your family? Let’s take a look at how you can raise a happy family even with a busy work schedule.
It’s no secret that today both parents are usually working and this means that lives are more stressful than ever before. It is so easy to let this stress transfer onto family members.
In order to prevent this you want to start scheduling time for your family. Even if it is just one afternoon on the weekends. Then keep this appointment no matter what. During this time do something fun with everyone, maybe let each family pick an activity they want to do each weekend? This could be something as simple as enjoying a movie together or going for a swim or hike in a local park.
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Another area that seems to have been forgotten is the family dinner hour. Make a point of eating dinner together as often as possible. While eating encourage family members to share stories of how their day went. You could even share stories from your own childhood! Use this time to have a conversation with your family and be interested in what they did by asking questions.
If you have young children there is no reason why you can’t spend a few minutes each evening with them. Give them a bath and get into the habit of reading them a bed time story. Just grabbing a few moments each day can mean so much to a young child.
Another key area of raising a happy family is to show your family that you and your spouse are happy. Show your children that you both care about each other by doing small things. This may be helping prepare dinner, rubbing your spouse’s feet while watching TV or in other small ways. Remember it is those small gestures that mean so much.
It is so easy these days to keep your kids busy by putting them in after school activities. While this may be good to some extent, it can also strain the family. Kids become overwhelmed and tired because they have so much to do. Parents are stressed because they have so much running around to do. So try to limit how many after school activities your kids do. They will be happier for it.
No matter how busy you are, find a few minutes each day to chat with your family and show them that they are important to you.
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