Home is where the heart is. And as a homemaker I really, really want to make our simple 2-bedroom unit as loving and as peaceful as possible. That no matter if we move houses, Bry, Z and I will adjust accordingly because of the overflowing love we have as a family.
Coach Pia shared 3 ways on how to keep the home full of love during our last #BetterMe session:
- Living a healthy and stress-free lifestyle.
This is a non-negotiable, according to Coach Pia. We all must take care of our health to ensure that we can also take care of our family. I’m just really happy that Bry and I are not sickly, must be because of all the Lysol we’ve used in the house. And thanks to breastfeeding, Z has not gotten a fever since the start of 2014! We’re also doing away with the canned foods and focusing more on natural food sources. I can’t really ban fast foods but as long as we’re in the house, we would always have home-cooked meals.
Leaving the work-related stress at the door is something my husband should learn to do. But since he do most of his work at home, we really need to set an office space so that his work-stress is not felt in our bedroom, where his computer is located.
- Family Meetings
Since Z is too young to sit down for a formal meeting, we usually do it while having dinner or when the three of us are all in bed. My husband and I usually talk on Sundays to prepare ourselves for the coming week. In the talk, we discuss our schedule, menus, expenses — the important stuff we can’t lengthily discuss when he has work to do or when I’m in a rush. So it’s best to set family meetings when all the members are focused.
It is also important to note in a family calendar a mom’s me-time. Coach Pia suggests that moms have at least 2 30-minutes of authentic me-time to nurture herself. It can be as simple as having coffee or as grand as a body scrub and massage (that sounds good right now!) And for the spouses, one date night a week and twice a week of any form of sex is required to keep the sparks alive!
Family meetings need not be serious all the time. You can also have fun by doing an activity everyone agrees upon, like playing board games, baking cupcakes or going to the park! These days, my source of perspiration is dancing to anything Hi-5 to my son’s delight! There have been studies that music enhances family life, so I suggest having background music whenever you’re at home.
- Unconditional Love and Acceptance
Of course, of course, of course!!! The home should be the first place a child would turn to for love and acceptance. I think coming from families with a lot of love, Bry and I also want the same for our own family. I want my son to grow up feeling loved that he ‘ll have the confidence to be anything he wants to be.
It’s such a coincidence that our session was held at a budding home in the Metro. DMCI’s Flair Towers in Mandaluyong boasts of resort-inspired amenities and new technologies to keep the building safe and well-ventilated. Thank you to the Flair Towers team for being our venue and food sponsor for this #BetterMe session!
Thank you also to Lysol Philippines for being a co-sponsor for this event. A reader will also get a Lysol Gift Pack. Watch out for my giveaway post within this week!
Part 2 of this session should be up by next week! Coach Pia and The One Core team helps me in being a progressive parent for Z! I’m also very grateful for YBS for making #BetterMe sessions possible!