By: Rachel Sweatt of rachelsweatt.com.
As a mother of two boys ages 3 and 1, I know first hand the beautiful chaos that finds its way into homes with little ones on a daily basis. The running, the crying, the fighting, and the laughter all make the atmosphere lively, unpredictable, and at times a little stressful. Though I am no expert by any means and am in the early stages of my mothering, there are three simple strategies I have discovered along the way for keeping a peaceful atmosphere in our home (regardless of what is actually occurring within our walls!).
1. Have encouraging music playing in the background. This has been one of the most effective ways to decrease any tension in our home. Whatever we are allowing into our hearts and minds by what we are watching or listening will always make a difference in the attitude and environment of our homes. By intentionally playing music with positive and encouraging messages, the atmosphere is lightened and genuinely encouraging.
2. Let as much natural light in as you can. Everyone knows the benefits of sunshine, there is nothing like some good Vitamin D for a boost in your spirits. Opening the windows can make your space feel bigger, brighter, and promotes a calming atmosphere, often alleviating the melancholy mood that is common when staying at home for longer periods of time (especially with young children in the colder months when outside play isn’t available!
3. Keep the end (and bedtime!) in mind. It can often feel overwhelming when we have little ones that are struggling with frustrations during those difficult “phases” that are just a part of life. One way to keep a light hearted perspective is to break up the day and be aware of how much time is left until a nap or bed time. This helps because it is way easier to muster up the patience for 3 or 4 more hours rather than 3 months all at one time. It is equally important to remember that as a parent, we are only given about 936 weekends with our sweet kiddos before they spread their wings and launch into their own lives and adulthood. That may sound like a lot, but factor in time away for extracurricular activities , friendships, and just things that life brings, our time is ticking away and we need to make every moment count. Keeping this in mind will bring a positive shift in our perspective, leaving us thankful for every moment we’ve got with our kids at home. There is a saying we’ve taught our boys to say: “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” When our homes are driven by thankfulness regardless of circumstance, the atmosphere will always be one of peace, health, and stability.
As parents, we are the gatekeepers of the attitudes and atmospheres in our home. I hope as you take on this sacred role of raising children—future world changers and difference makers—that not one second is given over to the stress and chaos of daily life. Enjoy time with your little ones today in a peaceful home, they are worth it!
Rachel is mom to two wonderful, spirited, little boys who keep her on her toes and on her knees at the same time. She and her husband serve at a local church in west Texas where they are passionate about seeing lives changed and people growing in their relationship with Christ. She is a writer, speaker, and faith blogger. She is the founder of #IKnowHim, a ministry that features stories submitted by people that have had incredible experiences with God. She loves speaking to teenagers, young adults, and women about her faith and is always looking for opportunities to connect with others.
You can connect with her on social media @rachelsweatt and visit her blog at rachelsweatt.com.