Home & Family – Making a Home, 7 Great Secrets to Creating a Place Where Children Want to Call Home

Making a family home is more than a residence, structure, or place to hang you hat. What creates an environment that fosters love and safety means more that just moving up the latter to a bigger place and a nice neighborhood. So, pause on your upward mobility, the search for better things, to ensure that you get what you wish for. A loving nurturing safe place home of your own.

So, what is the difference between a house and a home?

It is not taught in school and it is not taught on the streets so how do you learn how to create a safe haven, love nest and family home? Let me start by giving you two definitions.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a house as:

A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family.
A household or family.
A home, on the other hand is a word which is often used interchangeably with a house is defined as:

A place where one lives; a residence.
The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment.
A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household.
a. An environment offering security and happiness.
b. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin.
The words house and home may be interchangeable but the meaning of having a place of refuge, security and happiness a thriving family can not do without.

7 Secrets to Creating a Warm and Inviting Home For Your Family – A Place Children Want to Come Back to.

Don’t buy a museum for your children to tip toe around in. Let laughter be your music, let comfort be your guide and refuge be your goal.
Never put white or beige wall to wall carpet on the floor. Kids need to be kids. Actually who needs to have the same carpet for 30-40 years. Hopefully your taste as well as your pocketbook will change.
Now days you do not have to contend with the plastic covered furniture that my mother had shrouding the “company” area of the house, but a leather couch with kids -come on now.
Have some place where piles of anything can be hidden in your children’s room. A corner of the closet, toy chest or a junk drawer will do. It won’t hurt anything and will save you augments in the future. Trust me on this one.
Be able to live in the house you bought. There is nothing like finally having the money to buy the furniture and all the “cool stuff” after the kids leave the nest. Weren’t they good enough?
Is there anyone home? Have you spent so much time in building a house and short changing yourself by not providing the warmth, security and comfort of a home?
Don’t pack up all your “family fun” for vacations. Memories of a good home are priceless. If you haven’t sat around the table playing a family board game with a pile of munchies on the side, then you are missing out on wonderful memories. To make the evening complete, turn off the cell phones. Have you noticed the world has not come to an end because you called someone back later?
George Moore said “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it”. So, Leave the light on to your warm and welcoming home.

Shel has been married to an absolutely lovable man for 33years. She has seen first hand the damage “show” houses have done in not fostering nurturing a loving home environment. Send me your stories, I would like to hear from you. Shel’s company, Sensational Style, helps women bring out their best while not losing their self. S

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