Grand gestures make a "wow!" impact, but it's the simple gestures and the way that you treat each other daily that makes a family strong, happy and loving towards each other. Here are a couple of the simplest ways to make your family feel loved.
Encourage all members of the family to create memorable experiences in your living room
It's almost a pinoy family tradition to troop to the mall every Sunday to go "malling". And while there's nothing wrong with that, there's also nothing wrong with creating some fun, right in your own space. Declare a movie marathon where everyone gets to pick a movie, or break out the PSP to create your own arcade. These activities might sound normal, but you're creating experiences that your kids will hopefully remember and appreciate. And since it's happening right in your home, there are fewer distractions, nothing to spend on or buy and they're focused on family bonding. Don't forget to take a ton of photos for your social media sites!
Make managing finances a fun and interesting family activity
Filipinos tend to shy away from talking about money, but it's a necessary and constant conversation to have with your partner. Are you able to provide for your family without worrying over running short of money? If you and your partner answer no or maybe, then it's time to get real about your financial situation, and perhaps get help from financial experts. Fixing your finances will secure not just your family’s wellbeing right now, but it will make sure that they’ll be taken care of even when you're no longer with them.
Have a "Happy Mommy, Happy Family" time out.
Taking care of yourself is extremely important not just for you, but because lives depend on your body, mind and spirit to always be in tiptop shape. How do you achieve that? By reenergizing with an activity that you enjoy, whether that's just some alone time sipping juice while coloring or an uninterrupted hour-long massage. Whatever the activity, it's important that it's something that will help you regain your sanity, health and happiness.
Make it a mission to turn your house into an inviting home
Whether you live in a sprawling mansion or a 50-square meter unit, your home is an extension of who you are. It should always be inviting, restful and—well, feels like home! If your children are old enough, encourage them to clean and tidy up their own spaces or to help you with the household chores. The more they take care of their surroundings, the more they'll feel a connection with it and will want to take care of it.
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