If you would like to raise happy and confident children, you will need to design your family life to suit everyone. As a homemaker, or the head of the family and a mother, you should consider the needs of every person; young and old. You have to make the most out of your opportunities, improve your work-life balance, spend quality time together, care for people, and strengthen emotional bonds. This is a full time job itself, so if you have to work at the same time, you will need to get your life in order to manage your career, your parenting, and design a home that helps everyone become the best person they can be.

Home Environment

Unfortunately, an increasing number of children are growing up in broken families, and don’t learn the importance of relationships, taking responsibility, and caring for each other. If you are lucky enough to have a family life, you have to make your home a place where everyone feels supported and happy, being able to be themselves without being judged and measured against others. You need to ensure that every family member is feeling valued and doesn’t have to put up with unrealistic expectations.

Childcare

If you want a happy family life, you will need to learn to be present in your kids’ lives.  Chasing money and not having any energy or time to stay with your loved ones is a false economy, and you will end up unhappy and burned out. You must stay close to your family members who will help you out with childcare or arrange your work around the kids’ needs. You should not forget about having a bit of “me time” every now and then, making sure that your kids are happy and feel safe with the person who is looking after them.

Extended Family

It is also crucial that your kids stay in touch with their distant relatives, and learn about the history of the family. You should not exclude people from your family life just because you had an argument or you are living hundreds of miles away. In fact, if you want your kids to be rooted and stable, they will need grandparents, aunties, and uncles in their lives. Connecting with people from other generations will also expand their horizons.

Dealing with Changes

Unfortunately, or fortunately, changes are more common in families than ever before. People move to a new state as they are looking for a better job or lifestyle, and relationships break down. If you don’t help your family get through the challenges that come with change, you will feel like you are becoming distant. Whether it is a new school, starting a sport, or taking on a hobby, you will need to let your family members know that you stand by them and are there for support and advice.

Planning Your Family Life

Of course, timing is another thing you have to take care of. If you have just started a new job, it might not be time for a new arrival. You can get a consultation with a professional and get iud contraception fitted, so you can find the right time when you are ready for a new baby, and you can manage your existing commitments and look after everyone to the best of your abilities. Once you found the right time, however, you will need to sit down with the rest of the family, especially the kids, and talk to them about the  change in the family.

Democratic Decisions

Whenever you are planning a change, you will have to sit down and have a family meeting. No matter if it is swapping bedrooms around, renovating the bathroom, or starting to work longer hours, it is crucial that you discuss what the change will involve and how they can help you and the rest of the family get through the challenging situation. Whenever you are looking to change the behaviour of one of your kids, call a family meeting and discuss how they can make the transition easier.

Holidays to Suit Everyone

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When you plan your family holiday, it is important that you ask people to create a dream board, so you can find the activities that they will enjoy. Don’t just go with the flow and book a package holiday, just because the travel agent says that it is good for families. In fact, families come in all shapes and sizes, and blending personalities together is a challenge for the most. If you don’t want to make someone feel left out, ask for their input before you start planning.

Choosing Your Work Around Your Family Life

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to balance family life and their career, or even choose between the two of them. If you feel drained by the time you arrive home, and would like to spend more time at home, maybe have a child or older family member who needs more attention, you should certainly consider flexible working, working from home, or starting a business. It is not always possible to achieve the perfect work-life balance and make your career work with your current family life.

Making Your Home a Safe Haven

If you are a house proud person, and love inviting people over, you have to create an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. Wouldn’t you like your kids’ friends to look forward to staying over, as you make the healthiest meals and desserts, and they can be themselves? You have to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, and people consider other people’s needs before they plan their own programmes. A sleepover with six kids before your big work presentation might not be  the best idea.

There are plenty of things you have to consider to make your home a supportive environment for all your family members. Raising happy and confident kids who feel free to express their ideas and emotions is a challenge. Build your life around your values and share them with your loved ones.

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