Creating a Happy Atmosphere at Home with 3 Simple Ideas
Parents have both a great responsibility and opportunity as they build a home to create an environment that is nurturing for their children. The home is at the center of children’s lives, especially when they are young. It is the place where they learn important values and behaviors at an early age, and it is the place they return to at the end of the day. In order to foster a positive atmosphere in the home, parents need to be strategic in how they encourage communication, growth, and well-being.
Here are some tips that can help you create a happy atmosphere at home:
1. Cultivate openness
Make sure the lines of communication are open. Take time to talk, and also take the time to truly listen to each other. Encourage your child(ren) to share thoughts and feelings. In Matthew 19: 13-15 we see Jesus spending time with children. We should emulate Him, and allow an open flow of dialogue between adults and children. All family members should feel safe and loved when they talk.
2. Encourage caring, rather than competition
Parents may unknowingly foster competition among their children. If one of your children is earning straight A’s while the other one is struggling with grades, it might be easier to celebrate with the child who is doing well. However, this could feed an atmosphere of competition. Instead, celebrate as a family that each child has individual and special talents. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made,” (Psalm 139:14) and children need to know that they are valued regardless of worldly achievements.
3. Communicate security and safety
The world is full of pressures and difficulties for growing children, as well as parents. Make your home a place of refuge, rest, education and fun. Allow your child(ren) to feel the freedom to be themselves, to ask questions, and to process emotions in a safe environment. Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus taking time away from the crowds of people to pray to His father and rest. In this busy world, make your home a place where you and your child(ren) have the opportunity to do the same.
The Bible says that true love is patient, kind, honoring and selfless (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Jesus showed His love to us in His ministry on earth. As parents we can mirror this love in our home environments. Together, the whole family can learn how to create a happy atmosphere at home. If an atmosphere of openness, corporation and honor is maintained, then children and parents will rejoice when they are at home.