What makes a happy home?
If you haven’t yet, and your kids are old enough to understand, consider asking your children what they think makes a happy home.
That’s what Diane Loomans teaches in her parenting workshops, and some of the answers she’s received are becoming universal truths. If you want to have a happy home for your children, consider these 10 ways:
- Hug More. “When I come home, my mom and dad hug me a lot. That’s when my house feels happiest!” (Nora, age eight)
- Create Special Moments. “My home is happy when my mom lights candles while we eat dinner.” (Harvey, age ten)
- Cook Together. “I like it when we cook something yummy together — like cookies or bread — and the house smells delicious!” (Robert, age nine)
- Celebrate Art. “My house has a big refrigerator with kids’ artwork and magnets all over it, and even some that fall off!” (Tobias, age five)
- Relax and Enjoy One Another. “We have lots of puppy piles — all of us lie all over each other on the couch and laugh a lot.” (Katrina, age eight)
- Share Special Time Before Bed. “I like it when my mommy brushes my hair for a long time and sings songs to me at night before bed.” (Beth, age four)
- Play Games Together. “A home is happy when everybody has fun playing checkers or Monopoly and eats popcorn, too.” (Jason, age thirteen)
- Keep Good and Nutritious Food in the House. “My house feels good when there’s lots of really good food to eat.” (Merrill, age seven)
- Dance and Play Music Together. “In my house, when it’s happy, there is music playing and we all dance together.” (Amber, age eleven)
- Appreciate One Another “My mom sits and looks at me and smiles sometimes when my house is happy.” (Kalenda, age four)
There are even more ways to make a happy home – and information on how to do a happy home interview with your own children – over on the InnerSelf blog.