Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Creating Happy Homes In the Midst of Terror

Whether foreign or domestic, the bombing in Boston yesterday was a terrorist attack. The world as we once knew it is gone forever. While we can not control what happens outside our doors, within we have the power to create happy homes.

~ Routines create a feeling of security for our children. Keep up with the house and yard work. Have meals at regular times. When children know what to expect they feel secure.

~ Keep calm, be kind and smile. Your children need you to be strong. Mama's demeanor sets the mood for the home. Be positive. Be gentle and patient.

~ Make the dinner hour a time of family bonding and gratitude. Gather your family together and reconnect. Pray a blessing over your food. Prepare favorite family meals on a pretty table. 

~ Keep the cookie jar filled. Cookies, brownies, cakes, granola bars, or muffins made from scratch symbolizes all is well in my home.

~ Have fun together as a family. Play board games, work a jigsaw puzzle, read aloud from an adventurous book, spend a day at the beach, an afternoon at the park, etc. Children do not need more things. They need time with you.

~ Be your child's confidant. Listen when they talk to you. Encourage them. Help and guide them, but don't expect them to be just like you. They are not you!

~ Make your home a place of comfort and beauty. Repurpose old things into new creations. Be creative. Play uplifting music. Tend the flower garden. Take pride in your homemaking. Cook comfort foods. Make time for things you enjoy. 

In these uncertain times we need to create stability and provide a peaceful home filled with security and beauty for our families.


Kathy in Illinois said...

Words of wisdom, Tracy. We do not know the answer why bad things happen to good people, but we know God is in control and is there to comfort us all. We feel bad for the victims and their families and we can pray for God's comfort for them. It is best to do like you have written- to keep up routines and appreciate our families and not let these terrible things get us down.
God bless, Kathy in Ilinois

Tammy N said...

Very well said Miz Tracy!

Echoes From the Hill said...

Great ideas, and so important. Children may not voice their fears and concerns when they see terrible things on the news, but they process it and need security and calm in their homes.

It is sad that children have to deal with the evil that keeps showing up in the world, but it is the new reality.