Maintaining a healthy family relationship proves difficult as chaos from work, school, and home leave you and your kids stressed. However, you can actually combat this stress by spending time with family and managing your home. Here are ten great ways to help eliminate stress in your family and make for a peaceful, happy family bond:
Share family meals
Enjoying family meals is beneficial for the relationship and health of parents and children. Sharing a family meal allows parents to expose their kids to healthy foods and reasonable portions. Also, studies show teens that eat family dinners are less likely to try drugs and alcohol.
Plan activities at home
Try not to overload your family’s schedule and make too many commitments. Instead of going out, stay home and read together or watch a movie. These activities are more likely to encourage conversation and memories.
Set and maintain boundaries
Although allowing your kids freedom and room to grow is important; creating clear boundaries and expectations ensures less family drama and frustration.
Venture into the unknown
The process, memories, and communication involved in a new experience lead to a stronger family bond. Studies show being in a new place can even increase dopamine, making people feel happier and excited.
Time travel into your family’s past
Showing kids old family pictures and artifacts teaches them the depth and importance of family. It lets them know they are part of a greater unit and can make them feel safe and grounded.
Don’t keep financial secrets
Discussing financial matters with your partner on a full disclosure basis bans the secrecy and money-based arguments from a marriage that stress the entire family. Structure goals, add up expenses, and set spending boundaries as a team to lessen the anxiety finances produce.
Make your marriage a priority
Marriage turbulence elicits tension among all family members. When a negative interaction arises, counterbalance it with at least five positive interactions. This encourages romance and lessens stress-inducing negativity in the family sphere.
Don’t focus on the little things
Small annoyances like tardiness, messes, noises, rudeness, or laziness do not deserve your full attention. Try not to get upset about the little things and explain to your family what you want and need in the clearest, calmest way possible.
Organize your chores
To avoid dumping all the chores and responsibility on a single family member, sit down as a family and organize a chore chart. When everyone knows exactly what’s expected of them friction will be avoided. Plus, a clean environment can reduce stress.
Perfection is impossible
No family is perfect, so it’s useless to assign stress to doing everything at a certain time, a certain way, in a certain place. Emphasize enjoying your family’s time together no matter what you are doing.