Many couples would love a more unified and happy home. Unfortunately, very few know how to achieve it. This piece takes a look at practical steps that have been proven to work time and again.

Delegate responsibilities properly

Delegation of responsibilities is a way to form a unified front in a family. Discuss with your spouse  to find common ground on what is expected of each child, then communicate what you would like and what you expect to the children.  Presenting your ideas to the children as a couple, in one voice, will trigger a better reaction than if the children feel you or your partner is not on board with the idea. Giving children clear responsibilities will also help them have pride in their work and inculcate accountability in them. Proper delegation of duties will turn your home into a clean, orderly and functional environment. It will also help you and your spouse avoid burnouts.

Mark out time for family fun time

Once in a while, why not try organising inexpensive family outings?  A simple trip to the museum or zoo is enough; having fun together as a family is a way to remind the children that teamwork doesn’t end with house chores. You don’t always have to go out to have fun either. Finding a way to bring everyone into a video game session or firing up any of the bingo apps, as can be found on  can suffice in many cases.

Develop routines

Routines help children feel comfortable. It is good, therefore, to maintain a consistent schedule that is realistic for your type of family.  A good example of routine is waking everyone at a specific time, eating dinner at the same time every evening and so on. Having a routine allows both kids and parents to understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from other members of the family.

Effective communication

It is very difficult to have a healthy family without proper communication between couples and children. It is therefore advisable to hold regular family meetings where members of your family can come together to express themselves, without fear of backlash. During these meetings, talk with your children about certain things they may consider as unfair.  If you allow your children to take part in family business, you will create a culture in which they will always be willing to help with any family problem needing solving.

During the family sessions, be sure to understand everyone’s perspective on any particular issue.  When listening, focus on understanding why your spouse or child feels a certain way instead of listening for the sole purpose of giving answers.  Children especially always want to know that they are important, active listening and communication is one way you to assure them of this.