family enjoying a meal together

Creating a home without any stress would be virtually impossible. And family dynamics and interactions can make it worse when stress does enter the home. Keep in mind it's everyone's job to deal with tension appropriately.

Follow these seven steps to keep the peace at home:

  1. Not at the kitchen table: Mealtime shouldn't be clouded in stress. To avoid it, make a rule not to discuss stressful subjects while having meals together so that everyone can enjoy the food and company in peace.
  2. Discuss things in private: Yelling down the hallway, or in front of everyone, can only make sensitive subjects even more embarrassing and stressful. When you have something important to discuss, sit with the person, and discuss it as calmly as possible.
  3. Cut out distractions: When there's family time, or when you're discussing important business, turn off the TV, video games, and cell phone. Make sure everyone has his or her full attention on family members are saying.
  4. Step back: If things are getting too heated or stressful, take yourself out of the moment. If you need to, tell everyone to leave the room for 10 minutes and come back when everyone had the chance to settle down.
  5. Give everyone time: Living with someone means sharing...a lot. In turn, it's important for everyone to give a little. If you're the head of the home, you may have to step in to make sure everyone is kept as happy as possible.
  6. Get out of the house: Doing activities outside of the house can help bond everyone together, beat stress, and keep conflict outside with the dirt on the doormat.
  7. Love: While stress can cloud your judgment, never let it distract you from the love you have for everyone in your home. Make sure they all know they are loved!

Home is supposed to filled with all the comforts we can give it. This can only be accomplished if everyone is committed to keeping your four walls as stress-free as possible. With a little cooperation, this is entirely possible.