Everybody can get on board with the idea of a safe and happy family home, right? Of course, in reality, it can be hard to juggle all of your many responsibilities and keep everybody in the home happy.
Even if you’re a super mom (or dad), you might find that you look after everyone else at the expense of your own sanity and physical health.
But let’s be real, you are part of the family too, right?
Let’s chat about three ways to make sure everybody in the home is happy (and safe).
1. Secured finances.
I know, I know. Finances isn’t a new topic and there are tons of finance helpers out there.
However, I’m finding that a lot of folks aren’t actually getting on top of their money with programs like *cough* Dave *cough* Ramsey.
On the other end of the spectrum are folks who don’t even like to think about money (that’s me). As long as there is enough for the monthly bills then everything’s in order, right? That’s what we tell ourselves at least.
But here’s the thing… with certain things to come, we should all probably give thought to a long-term perspective of money. What about the future of its currency? What will this mean for retirement?
What about the financial security of our children? I’m not trying to add to your worries here, but you can easily avoid stress in the future by securing your finances today.
Consider these practical tips.
Start putting aside more savings by reducing your spending. Believe it or not, you can often improve your monthly expenses without compromising.
You could compare the prices of internet, cable, and utility providers, and see if there might be cheaper quotes waiting for you out there. Or you can join us in not having cable and internet at all (thank you WIFI)!
You might even want to look into a cellphone carrier like Boost Mobile deals or Straight Talk. Switching to a prepaid plan from a postpaid plan could save you a lot of money.
One of the best ways to get a handle on (and secure) your finances is to start by looking at your existing costs. Then, find ways to buy the same things at a lower price. It sounds like a lot of work, but it just requires forward-thinking.
2. Spend time together.
In this day and age when almost every family member (down to the toddler) has some type of electronic in their hands, spending time together without distractions speaks volumes.
Modeling the importance of undivided attention is one sure way to maintain a safe and happy family home.
Another idea is to arrange weekly catch-up “meetings”, especially if you have older kiddos. We all lead busy lives in the modern world, but it’s important to get everyone in the same room from time to time to see how everyone is doing.
Make it a point to get the kids to put down their phones, computers, and games for a few minutes. Okay, that’s sometimes easier said than done… But you could make the family “meeting” into a fun occasion by having movie night or playing some games together.
The key thing is to bond as a family.
It is also proven that kids respect you when they have a relationship with you.
3. Don’t forget about your marriage.
Make sure you and your partner also find time for each other.
Remember when you went on dates all the time before the kids? Well, that shouldn’t have to stop.
A happy marriage or relationship with your significant other is essential to the happiness of your overall family. Your relationship influences the ideas and concepts that your children end up valuing.
If you and your partner treat each other with respect then your kids will know how they should treat their own partners in the future. When two parents are united, they’ll be stronger and more easily able to maintain a safe and happy family home.
Simply put, work together and as a family!
CHIME IN: What are some ways you maintain a safe and happy family home? Tell me in the comments below!