It’s true – home is where the heart is. It’s a place where we retire for the evening after a long day of work or school. It’s a place that’s safe, comfortable, and familiar. It also serves the purpose of providing a lifestyle and within its walls you’ll find love and purpose in each room. One could say that home ownership is a sensible investment as it provides many opportunities to come together as a family.
The Foyer. We greet our loved ones at the door with a smile. Welcome home from your day – from school, work, or that long list of errands. Come inside, take a load off, hang your jacket here on this stand, and leave the worries of the world behind. Here – all the comforts of home await you and the rest of the world – behind you.
“Let us always meet each other with love, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~Mother Teresa
Let’s Eat and Be Merry
The Kitchen. Known as the hearth of the home, perhaps the kitchen is most important. At the kitchen table, we gather our families together for three meals per day. And it’s during that time, we get to know one another a little better. We connect as a family by sharing our goals for the day or events that have transpired during our meanderings away from home. Not only do we share great meals, but we share stories that add to our character.
“A meal is about civilizing children. It’s about teaching them to be a member of their culture.” ~Robin Fox, Anthropologist, Rutgers University
It’s Family Time
The Family Room. Family movie nights, board games, homework time, and the big football game can bring parents and children together for much-needed quality time. Most of my family’s time here is spent doing homework and watching movies. It has good lighting, offers a variety of books and magazines, and provides comfortable seating. This room has been blessed with lots of laughter, tears, memories, and good lessons that will follow us far into our futures.
“Youth who communicate, do activities and have close relationships with their parents are less likely to engage in violence.” ~Chris Knoester, Sociology, Ohio State University
The Bedrooms. It’s the end of the day! But before the day quickly fades, we read bedtime stories, say nightly prayers, remove the boogie man from the closet, and tuck our children in for the evening. This time is perhaps the perfect time to reflect on your child’s day and soothe away their fears of tomorrow.
“Families who tell stories report higher levels of happiness, closeness and adaptability.” ~Jody Kellas, Ph.D, Family Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln