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7 Ways to Help Your Child be a Homebody

7 Ways to Help Your Child be a Homebody
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After a 10 hour road trip this past weekend, my family and I spent the balance of the weekend puttering around the house and enjoying some of the simple things in life. We have come to accept that we are content spending time at home just being a family. Here are seven simple tips for helping you and your children enjoy time at home.

Establish routine. Whether it’s about heading off to school or bed-time, routine is key for all families. Keep to a set schedule of events and your children will reap the benefits. Their comfort zone is dependent, to a large part, in your routines. Routines also give children a sense of “how my family does things” or in other words, family culture.

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Give them some space. All kids need some space to be themselves. Space to run around outside. Space to lay on the floor and look at a toy catalogue. Space to throw a football. Space to process a tough day or go into a time-out. Make your children’s bedrooms special and if there is any space for a play room, decorate it in a way that kids will love to be in. Think of your home as a blank slate of space, to be used for and by the children. If you need to repurpose a space to better suit your needs, step back and think about space as if you just moved in and had no possessions yet in the room.

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Respect the quiet. Quiet time is precious for the human spirit and it helps children know themselves and their feelings. Quiet time is, not surprisingly, even better for parents as it allows for a cup of coffee or a chance to regroup from a busy day.

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Be content with puttering. I grew up on three acres of land and plenty of things to do around the house. Puttering became an art as Dad would work in the garage and various “mini projects” would get accomplished before you knew it. Puttering involves losing yourself in something large or small- the ultimate lesson in zoning out so that you can focus on one thing, no matter how insignificant.

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Establish a Sabbath. Taking one day off each week is an experience of profound meaning. No work, just time for family and rest. The week takes on new meaning when one day is set apart as different, special and even sacred. I recommend trying it for just a month. The results are unmistakable.

Practice hospitality. Being a homebody doesn’t mean being a snob. Hosting friends, parties and smaller gatherings can be a great way to show your children that home is where good times are had. My wife and I figure that ‘home’ is also a great venue for getting to know our children’s friends. It’s not as if our children don’t play at other friends’ homes- they do, but to whatever degree we can host their friends, we are more than happy to oblige.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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