8 Easy Tips for a More Pleasant Home by Sarah Chana Radcliffe
Every week I love reading Sara Chana Radcliffe’s wisdom-packed Family First column on improving family relationships. And I especially loved Sara Chana’s common-sense tips this week for making our homes more pleasant places to be for our family members. The tips that I most needed to hear and need to work on: waiting 15 minutes after kids and husband walk in the front door before making any requests or voicing any complaints. And, to limit complaints and requests to one per day per family member. Here’s the full list:
1. Give a really pleasant greeting to each person who enters the house, offering a cheery “hello,” a big smile, and a show of interest in the person’s day.
2. After a family member comes home, make sure to wait at least 15 minutes before asking them for anything or voicing any complaints
3. When someone wants to tell you something, turn toward them, look at them, listen. Nod your head as the person is talking. Pause. Make a comment.
4. Speak softly at all times.
5. Offer unlimited compliments and positive feedback
6. Limit complaints of any kind to one person per evening. The same rule applies to requests.
7. Contribute to the pleasant atmosphere by smiling, using light humor, offering encouragement, helping, humming, expressing gratitude, and otherwise exuding positive energy.
8. Go slowly. Think before you speak. If it’s not nice, don’t say it.