Happy Homes – Peaceful Homes

Welcome to the May edition of the Simply Living Blog CarnivalDaily Lives cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. This month, we write about what we do to keep the little things from overwhelming us. Please check out the links to posts by our other participants at the end of this post.

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In my years of living with children, I have learned that a peaceful home is simple living.  To me, simple living would be absolute silence.  Hearing nothing but happiness- no complaining, no arguing, no crying, no unhappiness with the things we have/don’t have.  When things are settled in the home – everything just runs smoother.  Life is simple.

With 3 young children – when it’s not peaceful – is when the living gets oh – so complicated!

To keep the peace  – I simply bring family together as much as I can.

  1. We have family dinners.  I made an effort to have dinner together at the kitchen table.  When I am at home with the kids, we have lunch together.  We talk about the things that are going on in our lives.  We laugh together and we talk about random things.
  2. We come together as family at least one night for a renewal.  It could be reading scripture, or playing games, or reading a book together.  Whatever.  One week night is dedicated to growing our family together.
  3. We make time for walks and bike rides with the kids during the day.  Exercise is key to peaceful living.
  4. We listen to what the kids have to say.
  5. I make an effort to watch tennis with my husband late at night-even though I am dead tired.  It’s our time together when the kids are asleep
  6. We go to church and surrounding ourselves with people who give to others.
  7. We got rid of cable.  Big one to keeping the peace.

These are just a few things that help us come together as a family – trying to maximize the time we spend doing the things that really matter.  I have realized that it is the time that we spend together that keeps peace in our family.  Us being together, makes life and living together – easy.

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Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Read about how others are incorporating stress relieving actions into their daily day lives. We hope you will join us next month!
  • Keeping Stress at Bay From Day to DayLaura at Authentic Parenting sums up some of the things she does to avoid being overwhelmed.
  • How I Stay Sane! – ANonyMous @ Radical Ramblings discusses the coping mechanisms she has to stay sane when her life is chaotic and often stressful.
  • Organisingsustainablemum talks about how spending time planning ahead has given her more time for life!
  • Simple Menu Planning for New Moms – No longer a lady of leisure, new mom Mercedes at Project Procrastinot has had to rethink her cooking style in order to maximize her time in the kitchen.
  • Happy Homes/Peaceful Homes – According to Lisa at Squishable Baby, It’s the things that bring us closer together as a family – that keep our home Peaceful.
  • Keeping It Simple – At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy focuses on keeping things simple so that she can spend her time enjoying her family.

 

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  1. Good & fresh tips to keep the peace. Thank you Lisa for sharing!

  2. We also have a family dinner almost every night. And not sitting around the TV, either. I think this is so important and a great time to find out what’s going on with everyone. I’m amazed at the number of people that don’t prioritize this. I wish I could get my hubby to give up cable but that’s a fight I’m not willing to take up right now. :-) Enjoy your day!
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    • Yeah, you pick your battles right? There are more important things. That’s what I do. I prioritize the things that are most important and that’s what I fight for.

      My husband is completely and utterly motivated by money. Money is what drives this man. It’s just the way he is. So, I simply broke down the numbers. We had the basic cable, and it was still costing us $100 bucks per month (can you believe that?). I was shocked. There was nothing ever on. Getting rid of cable, keeping the internet, and then hooking our laptops to the TV to see the important tennis matches and things – saved us. plus, all of us are watching a lot less TV and going out to play or reading more.

      It’s great!

      Pick your battles though.

      Yes, family time is not prioritized in this society. It’s sad.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Dawn!
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  3. I love the steps you’ve taken to build a more peaceful home. All excellent ideas!
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  4. You are so right that spending time together as a family is really important, a small amount of quality time adds up to a lot.
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  5. how great that you’re so mindful about adding connection and stress relieving activities to your family’s weekly planning
    thanks for joining!
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  6. Isn’t it amazing how when we cut out the interference and focus on our family, everything starts to fall in place? Thanks for joining us!
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  7. :) We gave up cable too and that was a HUGE. At this point, I can’t imagine having it. What a great list and Lisa, your family is beautiful. I, also, can’t imagine not eating together as a family, regularly. I love that, even with my poor cooking skills.
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    • Thanks for stopping by CM!

      Cable is bad. There are so many other things that one can do, you know? It really saps up time, energy and money. I am so glad it’s gone.

      I thought it would be a bigger deal, but I do not miss it one bit. The kids don’t even complain.

      Probably because we were paying 100 bucks a month (for the basic service) and nothing was ever on.
      :) I’m sure you are a great cook!
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