Silence is essential not just for writers but every parent out there. There are no noises to distract you; that’s why it’s effortless to remember every chore you need to do. You can also enjoy your favorite drink and think of other worthwhile activities you may do with the whole family without feeling hurried.
Regardless, I know a lot of mothers whose houses only become silent when the kids fall asleep. But then they can’t savor the moment much as you’re too exhausted to do anything other than dozing off as well. What I often suggest, for that reason, is to practice maintaining peace at home throughout the day.
Below are the ways you may try.
- Assign Daily Tasks To Everyone
Children have time to fool around in the house when they have nothing else to do. I remedy that situation in my place by giving them a chore that is suitable for their age.
If you already have adolescents, they can throw the trash out every day or clean the bathrooms. The young ones can tidy up their playthings or fix their bed every morning. You may also have days during the week when they’ll prepare meals for the family under your supervision.
- Raise Your Voice Only When Necessary
Since you went through childhood yourself, you know how possible it is for kids to act rebellious the more you shout at them on a regular basis. In their mind, you always yell anyway no matter what they do, so what’s the point of being good, right?
“It’s not just about me, it’s about how my mood affects everyone else’s experience at home,” says Erika Krull, LMHP.
To avoid that, you need to keep your voice calm often. Requesting instead of ordering your babies to do something will bring better results. You may reserve raising your tone too on occasions when they’re impossible to handle so that they’re aware that you mean business.
- Limit Gadget Usage
It is indeed difficult for family members to be on the same page if everyone focuses more on online games or social media surfing than talking to each other in person. “…does your online social life stress you out, or help you stay connected? It’s a key question because for many people social sites sap their calm, and instead rev up their self-doubt and insecurities,” says Margarita Tartakovsk, MS. As the parent, you need to make sure that you, your husband and children only touch the smartphone, tablet, or desktop when working or studying most of the time. Everyone can play on the internet, for sure, but it should be nobody’s priority.
- Exercise Together
Kids and grownups alike can harbor so much stress, to the extent that one gets temperamental and affects the mood of others. You can’t maintain peace in your household if that’s the case. Luckily, there’s an efficient way of relieving tension: exercising.
You may run, cycle, swim or do Cross-fit together. What matters is that you’ll be able to sweat out all the negative emotions and come out as a tighter unit. “Consider keeping a log of exercise, family, partner, work and recreational time for a week. Take note of the balance – it reflects the priorities in your life,” says Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D.
- Ensure Your Brood Sleeps Well
Sleepy babies become grumpy, irrespective of how old they are already. You have to guarantee, therefore, that they all follow a nightly routine that will give them eight hours of rest. Do the same for yourself too so that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever challenge that day will deliver.