As moms, we all see the value in creating a perfect family home for our kids to grow up in. We want our families to feel comfortable, happy, and well taken care of in their homes and to look back at their childhood homes with fond memories.
While the love and care you give your kids is the most important thing and what they’ll remember most, there are still a few things you can do in the house itself to make everyone feel a little more comfortable and at ease.
Here are six of our top tips to create the best possible family home.
Create a Space for Family Dinners
Family dinners are essential. It’s a time for everyone to bond, share about their day, and enthuse about Mom’s amazing cooking skills (of course). Creating a big, inviting space for family dinners can really help elevate the experience of this daily ritual.
Ensure you have great lighting, comfortable seats, and enough space for everyone in the family as well as guests if you entertain on a regular basis. If your kids are older, then luxury dining tables can make family dinners a little more alluring for all household members. Light some candles, and put some fresh flowers on the table, and voila!
Ensure Enough Bathroom Space
Any parent with teenagers will know the stress of having to share bathrooms amongst various family members. Allowing each household member their own bathroom will be ideal and afford you the most peace if you can afford it.
However, this is not a viable option for most families, so if you have kids, they’ll likely have to learn how to share. Do the most you possibly can to ensure that the bathrooms in your home are spacious enough for each individual to store their own products separately, and if you have many people sharing one bathroom, consider coming up with a schedule for them to follow.
Consider a Dedicated Study Area
You might consider simply buying a desk for your kids once they need it for school, but designing a good study area for your kids takes some careful thought.
If you have the space in your home, then a home office or study is the best possible option. This will allow your children to have a dedicated space where they can focus on their work in an undistracted environment. They’ll also be able to completely detach from schoolwork once they leave the room and be able to relax and focus on rest and play – as kids should!
Make Outside Inviting
We all want our kids to spend more time outdoors, but that’s a tough thing to expect when the television is always going to be more appealing. As a parent, take the initiative to make sure that your outdoor space is an inviting and exciting place where your kids will want to spend time.
You might consider a pool, a jungle gym, a sand pit, a swing, or other types of fun and exciting activities they might enjoy. Encourage them to spend time outside by starting some outdoor hobbies of your own (like tending a veggie garden). Finally, make sure that your backyard is fenced in, so you can rest at ease knowing that your kids are safe when playing outside.
Opt for Open-Plan
We all want a close and comfortable family dynamic, and believe it or not – the layout of your home can contribute to that.
An open-plan living and kitchen area is more conducive to a constant and open flow of communication. Instead of separate rooms and closed doors, family members doing different activities can still have the opportunity to chat. While Mom is in the kitchen making dinner, the kids can talk to her while they play in the living room (or she can keep an eye on them at the very least).
Keep it Cozy and Comfortable
Finally, try to create a feeling of comfort in your family home. Making your home feel comfortable and inviting is important for your own household – not just for guests!
Try to make sure that your kids (and whoever else you live with) feel at ease in their home. Make it a place of rest and a place where everyone can be themselves and relax. This will stem from your love and care but also from creating a cozy and warm feeling in your home with comfortable furniture, cozy blankets, and pillows, plenty of space to sit and relax, etc.