How to Create Positive Home Environments for Children: 7 Steps
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Love and guidance in huge doses make a positive home environment.


The place you call home is a launching pad for your little ones. It’s hard to exaggerate the profound impact that a positive home environment can have on kids. When you want to create the most positive home environment possible, you’ll need to pay attention to all the details that make up your home life. From mealtimes to bedtimes to everything in between, the interactions and activities that go on in your home are all-important for a positive home experience.

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    Guide your kids through their day with consistent routines and schedules. Kids thrive on predictability, because it helps them know what's coming next and avoid anxiety. The day doesn’t have to be complicated or busy, just predictable. For example, maybe reading time always follows breakfast, rest time always follows lunch, and bath time always follows dinner.
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    Create well-defined expectations and family rules that kids can know and trust. Kids who have limits feel more secure because they understand the playing field. When kids cross boundaries, institute fast and consistent consequences that fit the “crime.” For example, leaving toys out instead of putting them away might mean losing the toys for a specified period as a consequence.
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    Communicate everything in your family, from the mountains to the molehills. Kids need to feel like nothing is "taboo" and unspeakable in order to feel secure and comfortable. When your little ones talk, give them both ears and both eyes so they feel heard and valued. When you need to say no, don't just hand down your decree from on high. Give a reason and be willing to discuss.
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    Work together and cooperate in your family. When everyone chips in to lighten the load, the family will run smoothly and everything will get done. Even the littlest people can lend a helping hand. Maybe a preschooler can feed the dog or fold towels. A toddler can pick up toys when he's finished playing. As a family works together, they develop a tightness that will last. Give everyone responsibilities that fit age and ability to create a winning team.
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    Respect everyone's differences and special qualities. One child may love to dance and another one may love painting. Celebrate these traits and interests without comparing to make sure that everyone feels special and valued.
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    Praise accomplishments when you see them. Kids need positive feedback and reinforcement when they succeed. When you praise what you like, you motivate little ones to repeat the action because they know it pleased you.
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    Encourage kids to work hard and play hard. Tell your youngsters that you believe in them and their abilities. When kids know that parents are rooting for them, they often work harder and try harder because faith and encouragement motivate them.

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