A peaceful home truly would be something we all would look forward to coming home to. No stress, the dinner on the table, every single toy put away, no crumbs in the sight, and no crying to be heard. Honestly, how many times can you say you’ve come back to a home where this is true? It just doesn’t happen. I don’t mean to be brutal, but my experience has taught me that as soon as you have kids, you really do hand a lot about your life over to them, and the chores that they bring along in life. It might be cleaning, cooking, bathing, sorting, counseling… the list could go on. And the fact that the list could go on is one of the reasons why as a parent, our life is never going to truly be peaceful like it was before kids, and I sing Jan or in a negative sense. But, what it can be, is interesting, full of fun, and full of great experiences that you can have with your family. However, today I won’t just share about just my experiences as a parent. I’ll here talk about how you can make your home life more peaceful, as that is most likely where you’re going to spend most of your time. You might be out for a couple of hours here and there apart from your job each week, but the main chaos happens in the home. So, here are some ways that you can make it a little more peaceful, I hope they work for you!
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Stop Creating Aggravation
Ok, so the first reason why you might feel as though your home is never peaceful is because there are many factors at play that are causing aggravation. Two of the main factors are you, and your kids. We’ll start with you, and how you might handle situations. Ok, so, it comes to the end of the night and you look around and see toys everywhere, food and drinks spilt, and messy children that desperately need a bath. Your stress levels are already rising just at the sight of it. You ask them to clean up, as the task would be too much on your own. They seem to create more mess. You ask again for them to tidy up, and after being ignored a 2nd time, you flip. You shout, start stomping about, and your kids start screaming. So, all of this can easily be solved. One, get involved with a little bit of play time for 10 minutes. It’ll relax all of you, and get them on your level. Next, ask that the lot of you start packing away, and the one who does it quickest gets a treat. Watch how they zoom off and the room is clean before you know it. Problem solved, anger reduced, and peace restored. There are so many better ways of dealing with things than getting angry all of the time, and we think it really can create a peaceful atmosphere if you give them a go!
The second idea we have is peaceful activities. Kids like to be loud, they like to throw things, spill things, playfight… you name it, they probably like to do it. But, that doesn’t mean that what they’re doing is going to be any good for anybody. It actually raises their aggression levels, as well as makes your stress levels go through the roof. To make bedtime easier for example, you should try and start peaceful activities a couple of hours before bed. We really think painting is a great one as it’s so therapeutic, it helps to bring out creativity, and there isn’t much aggression to be found when painting. Right before you plan on taking them up for a bath, you should also get them to watch the TV, preferably a film with a blanket. It helps to fully relax them, stops them wanting to be super energetic, and you can all feel a bit of peace! Or, you could ask them what they want to do as well. Sometimes we’re so quick to try and force situations onto children. We ask them to do one thing, but they want to do another. So, before you know it, you have lots of angry little people to try and deal with. Even if their activity is going outside and playing, at least you have a state of calm in the sense that they’re not raging at having to do something they don’t want to do!
Set An Example
One thing you really need to be able to do is set an example. You won’t get anywhere in life if you don’t, and your kids certainly won’t grow up knowing how to deal with peaceful situations. Instead, all they will know is stress and disruption as well. We’re talking about the arguments you might have with your partner in front of them, and the arguments you might have with them. You especially need to be careful of this as they start getting older. One, they’ll start to realise what you’re arguing about, and the things you might be saying to them if you’re always getting angry. They’ll also start to resent you as they go into their teenage years, which is definitely something you don’t want to happen. If you stick to friendship, rather than focusing on being that parent who is always stressing around and creating arguments, it’ll make you so much more approachable, and a peaceful environment more accessible. If you feel as though you’re always arguing with your partner, you should definitely think about going to therapy. It’s never good to argue with a love one in the presence of young children, or even older children!
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Calm The Most Stressful Times
We’ve spoke about how to get rid of stress in a few different ways, but, we haven’t specifically spoken about some of the most stressful times. For parents, we think there are three times throughout the day that cause the most stress. Family outings, dinner time, and bedtime. We want to talk about bedtime because we feel that out of the three, it’s definitely the most stressful. After a long day, you want nothing more than to be able to get everyone in bed, and to finally have some you time. So, first of all, think about whether the room they’re going in to is actually inviting. If it lacks colour, some funk, and maybe even a bit of technology, it’s probably not. You can get kids cabin beds that are a good place to start. The cooler the bed, the more obligated your kids are going to be to jump right into it. Secondly, make the room as bright and interesting as possible. The more they have to look at, the easier it’s going to be. And finally, make sure that you’re staying with them in the room until they actually go sleepy. Don’t just shut the door and tell them to sleep, and hope they will. Play an active role in bedtime, and it will become a lot easier.
Ensure You’re Having Family Fun
You really need to make sure you’re finding ways to have some family fun, or else what’s the point in being a family. Make sure you try and have at least one family outing on the weekend. It’s so important to do this when you have children, as everything they see they learn from. They can have fun, explore, see new things, and enjoy time with their parents! It’s also going to help with giving them a sense of adventure as they grow older. But make sure you’re doing something that the whole family is going to find fun if you have more than one child!