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How to Create Positive Home Environments for Children

by Tiffany Raiford

When it comes to promoting a positive, healthy lifestyle for children, it often comes down to consistency and structure. Kids feel safe and secure when they have structure, as knowing what to expect on a regular basis is calming. Part of creating a positive home environment is creating a routine that your kids can count on, showing love and affection and making sure your kids feel that home is a place of happiness.

Eliminate clutter and make use of your space in a constructive manner, advises Jean E. Bross-Judge in a creative studies article for Buffalo State College. Clutter and disorganization in your home and life can cause you to feel stress. When you feel stress, it can cause your kids to feel stress as well. By ridding yourself of clutter and organizing your home so that it is functional and inviting, you can eliminate some of your own stress and create a positive environment for your entire family.

Create a schedule that works for your family, advises the Niagara Region Public Health System. Kids feel comfortable with routine and that helps them gain confidence and self-esteem. Make sure that most days follow the same pattern. That pattern does not have to be the same as anyone else’s -- after all, your family is not the same as the rest of the world’s families. Create a routine that your kids can count on, from waking up to doing chores to getting ready for bed.

Set rules and limits, and let your children know what you expect of them, advises the Niagara Region Public Health System. While your kids will undoubtedly attempt to test their limits as well as your patience, rules, expectations and consequences for misbehavior help make a positive home environment. When your kids know that they can expect to lose a privilege or go to time-out when they misbehave, it’s a positive reminder that they are loved and cared for.

Make time for family and affection. A positive home environment is one in which families spend time together, whether you play a game, watch a family movie together or just sit down and eat a meal as a family while discussing your day. Give lots of hugs and show affection. Tell your kids you love them and make sure they know that even when they misbehave they are loved.

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