Minimize Stress Around the Homestead
Some stress is good; continuous stress is not. Six areas of change should be addressed.
Make your home a safe haven. Every family or group of roommates, no matter how close, are bound to experience stress periods resulting in misunderstandings, unmet expectations, and personality differences.
- Set goals and priorities – Meet as a family to discuss personal and household goals. Devise a list of priortized goals that everyone can live with.
- Make group decisions – Although the boss (parents) have the final say, even four year-olds have a right to voice opinions and ask questions of of a decision will affect them. Otherwise, the children and downtrodden will feel stressed, threatened, and frightened.
- Build trust and confidence – Keep each other’s feelings in mind. Otherwise, mutual trust and confidence will suffer. Eventually, communication will be ruined.
- Keep in touch with one another – Don’t overlook the problems and accomplishments of other family members and roommates. Make efforts to share both feelings and anxieties daily. Attend entertainment events together.
- Define tasks and roles – Spread tasks and chores out evenly. Make sure each person knows how each chore should be done. Ask everyone what tasks they prefer and assign those to them.
- Define clear methods and mechanisms for solving future problems – Know how to slove the issue or your efforts will be in vain. Check out the self-help section in the library and look for books on doing more efficient housekeeping or making better decision-making.
And pray together. Unless you’d rather play with fireworks… your choice
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