FAMILY HAPPINESS

The whole family regularly eating together topped the list of things that helped create a harmonious family life

The Bible commands believers to study the Bible daily to teach the word of God to pray together as a family. This reinforces training children in the family in a Godly manner. There are numerous verses on helping the family to run smoothly to be happy. Exodus 20:12 says ‘Honour your father and your mother’ so that you it will be well with you and may live long in the land the LORD your God has given you. In Ephesians 6:1-2, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour your father and mother for this is the first commandment with a promise. In Colossians 3:20 the Bible says, children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord. Proverbs 1:8 says, embrace wisdom by listening my son to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Again in Proverbs 6:20, my son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s impact. In Ephesians 6:4, Paul writes, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord God Almighty. In Psalm 103:17-18, from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. In Philippians 2:3-4, do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. There is no perfect family no matter how Godly so walk in love. Enjoy creativity like baking, drawing, painting, music sewing, knitting, dancing, playing, watching Christian films together. Do some form of sport like tennis, basketball, football, have hobbies such as gardening, plants, play actings in the home.

ifwt_SimmonsfamilyA recent research of 2,000 families revealed tips for family happiness in the home as follows:- The key to a happy home is regular meals together, laugh and talk to each other more, treasure each moment to create mementos for future, value and appreciate each other, make time for each other, lots of hugs daily with encouragement, feeling safe and secure at home, enough sofas for all to sit on, lots of photos together around home, share chores to support each other, ensure kids do homework, put kids’ paintings on walls, play room for the kids, Have healthy treat cupboard, no secrets so be transparent, know someone wants to be alone, know when to say sorry, keep home tidy especially living room, play board games together, movie nights at weekends, pick clothes up off of the floor, treat each day as if it was the last, enjoy family trips out. Also, more than one tablet computer and a Netflix account, a new study revealed. Research into the lives of 2,000 British families found traditional values such as regular heart-to-hearts, hugs and knowing when to say sorry were still important factors for domestic bliss. Some said they rarely find time to do this. A quarter of families felt they haven’t got a good work/life balance with average family getting less than 12 hours a week together. But the study also revealed that modern families believed that having modern technology and gadgets such as a Netflix account, fast wi-fi and Sky TV were also key to harmonious home life. A new study has found that one of the keys to domestic bliss is having more than one tablet computer per household. Monthly trips to the cinema, a good coffee machine for mum and dad and at least three televisions were also deemed necessities for happiness. The research, commissioned by British manufacturer Origin, found highest rated tips for domestic bliss is eating together regularly, laughing a lot and keeping home tidy. Families are not perfect so make most of what God gives you. Do not compare your family to others and remember your family always comes first. Despite importance of eating together proving the most popular source for a happy family. Old fashioned bonding such as hugs and eating together were among the top 5 ways to keep a happy home. 

Despite items such as fast wi-fi, Sky TV and everyone having their own smartphone or tablet, old fashioned bonding such as hugs and eating together were in the top five ways to keep a happy home

50 TIPS FAMILY HAPPINESS

1. Pray, eat, study Bible together

2. Laugh and talk to each other

3. Keep home tidy especially living room

4. Feeling safe and secure in the home

5. Lots of hugs daily with encouragement

6. Enough sofas for everyone to sit on

7. Making time for each other

8. Regular family trips out

9. Knowing when to say sorry

10. A family pet to care for, play with

11. Nice neighbours to others

12. Not rowing in front of the kids

13. A big garden space for all

14. Cooking with the children

15. Ensure kids do homework

16. No secrets but be transparent

17. Movie nights at weekends

18. Playing board games together

19. Put kids’ paintings on walls

20. Share chores and support each other

21. Pick clothes up off of the floor

22. Lots of photos together around home

23. Knowing someone wants to be alone

24. Having a healthy treat cupboard

25. Having a play room for the kids

26. Support teenage youth in family

27. Having fast Wi-Fi

28. Good sense of humour jokes

29. A large kitchen space

30. Having regular heart-to-hearts

31. Privacy from the outside world

32. Takeaway night every few weeks

33. Dishwasher if cost effective

34. Music to calm atmosphere

35. A daily walk to exercise

36. Nice views around home

37. A lock on bathroom door

38. Big Sky TV if necessary

39. Well-lit rooms with fresh air daily

40. Designated days to spend time together

41. Double glazing to reduce noise

42. Own tablet, smart phone if appropriate

43. Having their own set of keys

44. Grandparents to look after children

45. A suitable spacious kitchen

46. Netflix account if can afford it

47. Tumble drier, washer drier

48. Big windows if available

49. Several bathrooms if possible

50. Wardrobes in bedroom

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