Factors which can cause stress in the family are discussed in this contributed post.
Stress is an unstoppable force sometimes, and your family should be an immovable object. When these two meet, it can be painful. Stress is a part of life and it is unavoidable, however we can find our own ways of dealing with, and releasing stress. A good way to fight stress is to identify the causes of stress. If we can find out what is causing our family pain and worry, we can work to avoid it.
So what are the biggest worries that could potentially face our families? Work is one of them. Working can sometimes be long and arduous and on other occasions it can take us away from our families. This can cause friction.
There are a lot of things rolled up inside the package of work that can cause stress. Unemployment is a huge one as it makes the future unclear, the stress of interviews and not being able to find a job can hurt and impact the family. Working hard and not making enough money can in some cases be even worse as the work related stress builds up on top of the financial worries creating quite the situation. Even being unhappy with a job can lead to stress in the family as anger brought in from the workplace flares up at home.
Financial woes and legal worries are massive causes of stress within families. The crux of a family is safety and stability, and finances go a long way to providing that in the home. Not having enough money to make ends meet can be a huge worry, and spiraling stacks of debt can crush the best of us. The best thing to do with financial stress is to attempt to examine the situation and find out what can be done to make ends meet, but most importantly of all, it is to open up and take on the reality of the situation. Talking won't solve issues, but it can certainly help you feel better about them. There are many ways in which you can seek financial relief and advice, though - you simply need to open up and talk about it, so that you can seek help with the situation. Legal issues are linked - talking is good as it allows you to gain knowledge, but you've got to speak with the right people, like building a list of questions to ask a divorce attorney, for example. It is situational though, and it depends on the legal issues that your family are going through - it can still be a stressful time though, especially with something that might split the family.
There are plenty of other worries that can haunt a family - death, addiction, behaviour problems, school. The list doesn’t really end. What you and your family need to do is attempt to find the source of the stress and see what can be done at either preventing the stress or finding ways to help cope with it. Stress is all around us, we simply have to find out what we can do to cope with it.
Ways to connect with your children are explored in this contributed post.
It can be hard nowadays to grab hold of good quality family time with your kids. Once they get past a certain age, they’re more interested in doing their own thing rather than cuddling up to either of their parents. They’ll always come back when they need us, but in their developmental stage of independence, we are the least of their worries. Getting everybody together to make memories can be harder than you think, even if you are all living in the same house. Work commitments, children's event commitments and other occasions that pop up in life are all things that can get in the way without us realising. Make a date and make sure that you are sitting down to get to know each other all over again.
Crafting with kids can be somewhat of a messy ordeal, but that doesn’t mean that the idea should be shunned completely. There are some craft ideas which don’t require many items to get them going, and less to work with means less mess in your house. If you’re thinking of setting the date closer to the summer, you could do crafts such as tie-dye outside and wear the shirts or whatever items you have dyed together. It’s a really great way to bond.
If you’ve got a job which demands a lot of activity, whether physical or mental, and your children take part in a lot of extra-curricular activities through school, you may not want to do anything with them at all but sit down and chill out for a bit. For movie apps to download, you could try out ShowBox to watch films on demand - especially if you’ve ran out of DVDs or television programs that you can agree on. Make sure that you have enough food, blankets and cushions to make it into a cinema-at-home experience.
Families who cook together, stay together … or so the saying goes! Children love to get involved in the kitchen, and baking cupcakes or getting them to help you cook the dinner for the evening can be a great way to really get involved in something together. The best thing about it is they get to consume what they’ve created at the end of it.
Sometimes, you just need to get the job done before you can afford to take a step back and relax. You shouldn’t feel guilty about getting your kids involved with any housework that needs doing, and setting them simple chores to do will actually increase their sense of motivation and give them a responsibility to take care of. Children love having responsibility, as it makes them feel a tad more grown up than they actually are - the best teachers will delegate jobs to their students in classrooms to give a sense of camaraderie throughout the class.
It doesn’t matter if you’re musical or not - kids love to sing. Especially with the release of hit Disney movies like Frozen, and now the remake of Beauty and the Beast, there is a mashup of classic and new songs for you to choose from to keep your children entertained.