Is there such a thing as a “perfect” family?
The American family is a rapidly changing institution. You may have grown up in the stereotypical American family – two parents and one or more children, with a father who worked outside the home and a mother who stayed home and cared for the children and the household. Today, with the entry of so many more women into the workforce, with the increasing divorce rate, and with the growing number of single-parent households, other family structures have become more common.
If there is such a thing as the perfect family home, it is almost safe to say that it means something completely different to everyone. Most families are looking for the same things like a quiet safe area and neighborhood, local amenities, access to good schools, affordability, space to grow their children and a great location where they can be safe.
Leo Tolstoy had it right when he wrote in Anna Karenina, “Happy families are all alike.” Okay, he wasn’t thinking about a three-kids-and-a-minivan lifestyle, but his point was timeless: Some families just seem to enjoy one another’s company more; to have more fun; to be, well, happier. What do they know that the rest of us don’t? We asked parents and other experts to spill their secrets. For a more joyful clan, why not try what works for them? Here are some of their techniques.
1. Balancing work and home life
It’s not easy balancing your work and home life, but how you manage it can make quite a difference to your relationship with your family. Having a balance between work and home – being able to work in a way which fits around family commitments and isn’t restricted to the 9 to 5 – boosts self-esteem as you’re not always worrying about neglecting your responsibilities in any area, making you feel more in control of your life. Your family will be happier to see more of you, and you’ll have a life away from home.